BEIJING, Sept. 27 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- KongZhong Corporation today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company has appointed Leilei Wang as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and elected him as Chairman of the Board, both effective from October 13, 2008. Yunfan Zhou, the Company's current CEO and Chairman, will step down from both positions on October 13, 2008.
"I'm very pleased that we have found someone of Leilei's caliber to be my successor at the Company," noted Mr. Zhou. "His deep industry knowledge, strong leadership abilities and acute business insights make him uniquely qualified to guide the Company in its strategic positioning and increase its competitiveness. I have no doubt that Leilei will be a superb leader of KongZhong, and I expect the transition to be swift and smooth."
Mr. Wang said, "I'm honored to be given this opportunity to build upon the strong foundations that the founders and the management team at KongZhong have built over these many years. The Company has established KongZhong as one of the leading wireless Internet brands in China, and I believe there will be many opportunities to leverage our strengths in the coming 3G era. In the coming months I look forward to working with our Board and all of our employees to ensure a smooth transition for all our business partners, including the Chinese telecom operators, and KongZhong users."
Mr. Wang, aged 35, was the CEO of TOM Online Inc. (TOM Online), from September 2003 to September 2008. Between 1999, when Mr. Wang joined TOM Group Limited (TOM Group), TOM Online's parent company, and 2003, Mr. Wang held various management positions within TOM Group. Mr. Wang graduated in 1996 from the Electronic Engineering Department of Tsinghua University with a B.S. in electronic technology and information.
Pursuant to a share purchase agreement dated on September 27, 2008, Mobileren Inc. (Mobileren), a personal holding company controlled by Mr. Zhou, agreed to sell to Right Advance Management Ltd. (Right Advance Management), a personal holding company controlled by Mr. Wang, and Right Advance Management agreed to purchase from Mobileren, 183,500,000 ordinary shares of the Company. Upon the completion of the sale, Mr. Wang is expected to beneficially own, through Right Advance Management, 247,924,120 ordinary shares, representing 17.4% of the total outstanding ordinary shares of the Company.
KongZhong Corporation is a leading wireless value-added services and wireless media company in China. The Company delivers wireless value-added services (WVAS) to consumers in China through multiple technology platforms including wireless application protocol (WAP), multimedia messaging service (MMS), JAVATM, short messaging service (SMS), interactive voice response (IVR), and color ring-back tone (CRBT). The Company also operates three wireless Internet sites, Kong.net, Ko.cn and cn.NBA.com, which enable users to access media, entertainment and community content directly from their mobile phones.
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