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Aged 58, is the chairman of the board and an executive director of the Company. Mr. LI is also the chairman of the board, an executive director, the chief executive officer and founder of TCL Corporation (“TCL Corp.”) and the chairman of the board and an executive director of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (“TCL Multimedia”, 1070.HK). He is one of the most recognized business leaders in China.
In 1982, Mr. LI as an engineer’s identity began his career in TTK Home Electronic Appliances Co. Ltd, the predecessor of TCL. In 1985, he was appointed as general manager of the newly established Telephone Communication Limited. In 2003, Mr. LI was appointed as the chairman and chief executive officer of TCL Corp., which was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange afterwards. Under his leadership, TCL Corp. accomplished two landmark acquisitions: Thomson’s worldwide television business and alcatel’s worldwide mobile phone business both in 2004. Now TCL Corp. has become a multinational enterprise with approximately 74,000 employees in 80 countries and areas. In the fourth quarter of 2014, TCL ranked No. 4 globally in terms of LCD TV and TCL handset market share. In 2014, the operating income of TCL Corp. was over RMB100 billion for the first time.
In 2014, Mr. LI was rated as the “Most Popular Economic Figure in China” by China Business Journal. In 2013, Mr. LI was awarded as the “Best CEOs of Chinese Listed Companies” by Forbes magazine. Mr. LI was also awarded the “Most Socially Responsible Entrepreneur” by XinhuaNet in 2012; the “Life Achievement Award of Top 25 Influential Business Leaders” from China Entrepreneur magazine in 2011; “Business Leader of the Decade” by CCTV Economy Channel in 2009; “Economic Figure” in 30 years’ reform and opening up in 2008. In 2004, he was also named “Asia Businessman of the Year” by Fortune magazine and “Top 25 Global Business Leaders” by Time magazine and CNN. Mr. LI received OFFICIER DE LA LEGION D’HONEUR (French national honor) from former President of France, Mr. Jacques Chirac in the same year.
Mr. LI has been elected as “National Model Worker” and was the winner of “May 1 Labor Medal”. He was also elected as a representative of the 16th National Congress of Communist Party of China, and served as a representative of the 10th, 11th, and 12th National People’s Congress. Mr. LI also holds a number of prestigious positions including chairman of China Electronic Imaging Industry Association, vice chairman of China Chamber of International Commerce, executive committee member of the All–China Federation of Industry & Commerce, member of National Advisory Committee on IC Industry Development, vice chairman of Guangdong Federation of Industry & Commerce, chairman of Guangdong Household Electrical Appliances Chamber of Commerce and chairman of Shenzhen Flat Panel Display Industry Association.
Mr. LI is also an independent non-executive director of Tencent Holdings Limited (700.HK) and a non-executive director of Fantasia Holdings Group Co., Limited (1777.HK), both of which are listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”), and an independent director of Legrand, which is listed on NYSE Euronext.
Mr. LI graduated from South China University of Technology with a bachelor degree in radio technology.