Board of Directors

Yahui Zhou
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Yahui Zhou
Yahui Zhou, Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Mr Zhou has served as our chairman and chief executive officer since July 2016. Mr. Zhou has also served as a board member of Kunlun Tech Co., Ltd (300418:SZ), a global internet company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, since April 2020, the chairman of board and general manager of Kunlun from 2011 to 2020, and an executive director and general manager of Kunlun from March 2008 to March 2011. He served as general manager of Beijing JiNaiTe Internet Technology Co., Ltd. from March 2007 to March 2008. From November 2005 to March 2007, Mr. Zhou was an executive officer in charge of new business development at RenRen Inc., a NYSE-listed company. From September 2000 to January 2004, Mr. Zhou was general manager of Beijing Huoshen Technology Co., Ltd. Mr. Zhou received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his master’s degree in optical engineering from Tsinghua University in 1999 and 2006, respectively.

Chairman of the Board
Lori Wheeler Næss
Independent Director
Lori Wheeler Næss
Lori Wheeler Næss, Independent Director. Ms. Næss has been a member of our board since July 2018. She has served as a director of the technical department of PwC, a global auditing service provider, leading IFRS reviews for companies listed in on the Oslo Stock Exchange from September 2012 to June 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Næss served as a senior advisor of the Section for Prospectuses and Financial Reporting of The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway, a Norwegian government agency responsible for the supervision of financial companies from January 2011 to September 2012. She served as an audit director and manager for US GAAP and SEC Reporting at PwC and its predecessor Coopers & Lybrand at various offices in the United States, Norway and Germany from September 1994 to January 2011. Ms. Næss has also served as a board member and the audit committee chair of Golar LNG Limited, a Nasdaq-listed liquefied natural gas shipping company and its Nasdaq-listed limited partner, Golar LNG Partners Limited, since March 2016. Ms. Næss left the board of Golar LNG Partner Limited in April 2021. Ms. Næss is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (inactive). She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1994 and her master’s degree in accounting in 1994 from the University of Michigan.
Independent Director
Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
Trond Riiber Knudsen
Independent Director
Trond Riiber Knudsen
Trond Riiber Knudsen, Independent Director. Mr. Knudsen has been a member of our board since July 2018. Mr. Knudsen has served as the founder and CEO of TRK Group AS, an Oslo-based investment and advisory firm since June 2015. He worked of McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm and served as a senior partner with responsibility for the company’s marketing and sales practice since August 1992 to June 2015. Mr. Knudsen received his sivilingeniør (equivalent of a master of science degree) in structural engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1987 and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School in 1992.
Independent Director
Member of the Audit Committee
Chair of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
James Jian Liu
Independent Director
James Jian Liu
James Jian Liu. Mr. Liu has been a member of our board since July 2019. Mr. Liu had over 20 years of experience with China's high growth internet and technologies companies. From January 2008 to now, Mr. Liu served as an executive director and chief operating officer of RenRen Inc., a NYSE-listed company. Prior to that, in September 2003, he founded UUME.com (which was later acquired by RenRen in May 2005), one of the earliest social networking service websites in China. Previously, from February 2002 to August 2003, Mr. Liu served as the founding product management director at Fortinet Inc., (NASDAQ: FTNT), a Nasdaq-listed network security solution provider. From July 2000 to January 2002, he served as a product manager at Siebel Systems Inc., a U.S. software company. Mr. Liu started his career as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group in China from September 1995 to August 1998. Mr. Liu earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1995 and later received his MBA degree from Stanford University in 2000.
Independent Director
Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Lin Song
Director & Co-CEO
Lin Song
Lin Song. Mr. Song joined our board in October 2022, having served as our co-CEO since August 2020 and prior to that as our chief operating officer. Mr. Song has an engineering background and has served in various roles inside Opera, including project manager of one of our earliest initiatives to enable full web browsing on mobile devices and as director of engineering delivery. Having initially joined Opera in Oslo, Norway, Mr. Song later served as general manager of Opera’s subsidiary in China and assisted in the establishment of Opera’s R&D center in Beijing. Mr. Song obtained a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of International Business and Economics in 2004.
Xiaoling Qian
Director
Xiaoling Qian
Xiaoling Qian. Ms. Qian has been a member of our board of directors since June 2021. Ms. Qian is an executive of Kunlun Tech Co., Ltd. (300418:SZ), a global internet company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Ms. Qian has taken a leading role in managing Kunlun’s investment in Opera and has worked with our other board members and the Opera management team since 2016. Ms. Qian obtained a bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Zhejiang University in 2010.
Tian Jin
Director
Tian Jin
Tian Jin. Mr. Jin was a member of our board of directors from December 2019 until June 2021, rejoining our board in October 2022. Mr. Jin held positions of the vice general manager and secretary of the board of Kunlun Tech Co., Ltd. (300418:SZ), a global internet company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, from 2015 to 2018, the general manager since July 2020 to May 2021, and has been serving as a director since November 2018 and chairman since July 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Jin had six years of experience in the banking industry. Mr. Jin received his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Upper Iowa University in 2006.