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Mission, Leadership and Governance

Our Mission

Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. Our founders started our company to champion small businesses. They believed the Internet would level the playing field, giving small businesses the ability to grow and compete more effectively in the domestic and global economies.

We provide technology and services to enable consumers, merchants and other participants to conduct commerce in our ecosystem, which we operate in a manner that gives all participants the opportunity to prosper.

Our success and rapid growth is built on the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and an unwavering focus on meeting the needs of our customers.


Our Vision

We aim to build the infrastructure of commerce for the future. We envision that our customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that we will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

MEET @ ALIBABA

We facilitate millions of connections every day, helping consumers and merchants conduct business with one another.

WORK @ ALIBABA

We empower our customers with commercial infrastructure and data technology, so they can build businesses and create value for the benefit of all.

LIVE @ ALIBABA

We strive to expand our products and services so that we become central to the everyday lives of our customers.

102 YEARS: BUILT FOR THE LONG TERM

We were founded in 1999. To last 102 years means we will have spanned three centuries, an achievement signifying we have stood the test of time. Our culture, organization, business models and systems are built for long term sustainability.


Our Values

Our six values are fundamental to the way we operate, and how we recruit, evaluate and compensate our people.

CUSTOMER FIRST

The interests of our community of buyers and sellers must be our first priority.

TEAMWORK

We believe teamwork enables ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things.

EMBRACE CHANGE

In this fast-changing world, we must be flexible, innovative and ready to adapt to new business conditions in order to survive.

INTEGRITY

We expect our people to uphold the highest standards of honesty and to deliver on their commitments.

PASSION

We expect our people to approach everything with fire in their belly and never give up on doing what they believe is right.

COMMITMENT

Employees who demonstrate perseverance and excellence are richly rewarded. Nothing should be taken lightly as we encourage our people to “work happily and live seriously.”


Our Leadership

JACK YUN MA

JACK YUN MA

Executive Chairman

JOSEPH C. TSAI

JOSEPH C. TSAI

Executive Vice Chairman

DANIEL YONG ZHANG

DANIEL YONG ZHANG

Chief Executive Officer

LUCY LEI PENG

LUCY LEI PENG

Chief People Officer

MAGGIE WEI WU

MAGGIE WEI WU

Chief Financial Officer

JIANHANG JIN

JIANHANG JIN

President

J. MICHAEL EVANS

J. MICHAEL EVANS

President

SOPHIE MINZHI WU

SOPHIE MINZHI WU

President, Wholesale Marketplaces

PENG JIANG

PENG JIANG

President, YunOS

YONGFU YU

YONGFU YU

President, Mobile Internet and Alimama

JEFF JIANFENG ZHANG

JEFF JIANFENG ZHANG

President, China Retail Marketplaces

SIMON XIAOMING HU

SIMON XIAOMING HU

President, Alibaba Cloud Computing

TRUDY SHAN DAI

TRUDY SHAN DAI

Chief Customer Officer

TIMOTHY A. STEINERT

TIMOTHY A. STEINERT

General Counsel and Secretary

ZHENFEI LIU

ZHENFEI LIU

Chief Risk Officer

JIAN WANG

JIAN WANG

Chairman, Technology Committee



Our Board of Directors

JACK YUN MA

Executive Chairman

JOSEPH C. TSAI


Executive Vice Chairman

JONATHAN ZHAOXI LU


Vice Chairman

DANIEL YONG ZHANG


Director and Chief Executive Officer

J. MICHAEL EVANS

Director and President

MASAYOSHI SON

Director

CHEE HWA TUNG

Independent Director

WALTER TEH MING KWAUK

Independent Director

JERRY YANG

Independent Director

BÖRJE E. EKHOLM

Independent Director

WAN LING MARTELLO

Independent Director


Board Committee Membership

Audit Committee

BÖRJE E. EKHOLM

WAN LING MARTELLO

WALTER TEH MING KWAUK *


Nominating and 
Corporate Governance Committee

JACK YUN MA *

CHEE HWA TUNG

JERRY YANG


Compensation Committee

WALTER TEH MING KWAUK

JOSEPH C. TSAI


JERRY YANG *


*Denotes committee chairman.

Alibaba Partnership

Alibaba’s culture is fundamental to our success, and we believe our partnership approach to governance is the best way to preserve that culture.

The main duty of the partners is to embody and promote our mission, vision and values to our employees, customers, business partners and other participants in our ecosystem. The Alibaba Partnership has the right to nominate, and to appoint on an interim basis, up to a simple majority of the members of our board of directors.

Unlike dual-class ownership structures that employ a high-vote class of shares to concentrate control in a few founders, our approach is designed to support the vision of a large group of management partners. All partnership votes are made on a one‑partner‑one‑vote basis. This structure helps ensure that the culture shaped by our founders will thrive well into our company’s future.


Nomination and Election of Partners

The Alibaba Partnership elects new partners annually. Election of new partners requires the approval of at least 75% of all of the partners. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

While the Alibaba Partnership currently has 30 members, the number changes from year to year to reflect new partner elections and retirement.


Retirement and Removal

Partners may elect to retire from the partnership at any time and all partners except continuity partners are required to retire upon reaching the age of 60 or upon termination of their qualifying employment. Continuity partners may remain partners until they elect to retire from the partnership, die or are incapacitated or are removed as partners. Any partner, including continuity partners, may be removed upon the vote of a simple majority of partners present at a duly called meeting of the partners.


Current Partners

as of October 6, 2015

JINGXIAN CAI

Principal Engineer

LI CHENG

Chief Technology Officer, Ant Financial Services

TRUDY SHAN DAI

Chief Customer Officer

LUYUAN FAN

President, Payment Business, Ant Financial Services

YONGXIN FANG

Director, Human Resources

SIMON XIAOMING HU

President, Alibaba Cloud Computing

FANG JIANG

Vice President, Corporate Integrity and Human Resources and Deputy Chief People Officer

PENG JIANG

President, YunOS

JIANHANG JIN

President

ERIC XIANDONG JING

President, Ant Financial Services

ZHENFEI LIU

Chief Risk Officer

JONATHAN ZHAOXI LU

Vice Chairman

JACK YUN MA

Executive Chairman

XINGJUN NI

Principal Engineer, Ant Financial Services

LUCY LEI PENG

Chief People Officer, Alibaba Group; Chief Executive Officer, Ant Financial Services

SABRINA YIJIE PENG

General Manager, International, Ant Financial Services

XIAOFENG SHAO

Senior Vice President, Director, Office of the Chairman

TIMOTHY A. STEINERT

General Counsel and Secretary

JUDY WENHONG TONG

President, Cainiao Logistics

JOSEPH C. TSAI

Executive Vice Chairman

JIAN WANG

Chairman, Technology Committee

SHUAI WANG

Senior Vice President

SOPHIE MINZHI WU

President, Wholesale Marketplaces

MAGGIE WEI WU

Chief Financial Officer

EDDIE YONGMING WU

Chairman, Alibaba Health

SARA SIYING YU

Associate General Counsel, China

MING ZENG

Executive Vice President

JEFF JIANFENG ZHANG

President, China Retail Marketplaces

DANIEL YONG ZHANG

Chief Executive Officer

YU ZHANG

Vice President, Corporate Development

Financial and Operational Highlights