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Professional Diversity Network Inc (IPDN.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Kirsch

55 2016 Executive Co-Chairman of the Board

Jingbo Song

63 2016 Co-Chairman of the Board

Star Jones

54 2014 President, Director

Maoji Wang

44 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jiangping Xiao

38 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Christopher Wesser

46 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Barry Feierstein

57 Independent Director

Lee Hillman

60 2016 Independent Director

Xiaojing Huang

60 2016 Independent Director

Xianfang Liu

64 2016 Independent Director

Daniel Marovitz

43 Independent Director

David Schramm

Independent Director

Hao Zhang

49 2016 Independent Director

Randi Zuckerberg

34 2015 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Kirsch

Mr. James R. Kirsch is Executive Co-Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Kirsch served as Chief Strategic Officer at AMightyRiver.com, a division of the Company from 2004 to 2008 and from 1996 to 2001 as Chief Executive Officer of eSpecialty Brands, an online retail company. Previously, Mr. Kirsch served as Chief Executive Officer at iMaternity.com, the ecommerce partner of iVillage.com from 1983 to 1996 and Manager, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Dan Howard Industries, a vertically integrated retailer of apparel. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from University of Arizona.

Jingbo Song

Mr. Jingbo Song is a Co-Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served as Chairman of GNet Group Plc., an e-commerce company based in China, since March 2016. Before joining GNet Group Plc., Mr. Song was retired.

Star Jones

Ms. Star Jones is a President, Director of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. Ms. Jones became the “face” of NAPW, tasked with conveying the message, brand and image of NAPW worldwide. As President, she has responsibility for the overall development, expansion and implementation of NAPW’s development and programming strategy. For the last 25 years, Ms. Jones has been a licensed attorney in the State of New York and was formerly a New York homicide prosecutor. Ms. Jones has worked in television for more than 20 years as a journalist, talk show host, commentator, NBC News Legal Correspondent and Veteran Legal Analyst and co-host of ABC’s The View for nine years. She is also regularly seen on NBC’s Today Show and CNN’s Piers Morgan Live as a veteran law and news analyst. Ms. Jones is also an accomplished author who has written two best-selling non-fiction books, You Have to Stand for Something, or You’ll Fall for Anything and Shine...a Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love. Her third book, Satan’s Sisters, a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a daytime talk show, was published in the spring of 2011, and is being developed into a network television movie and series by VH1, which Ms. Jones is co-executive producing. In the corporate world, Ms. Jones has been a featured personality for numerous consumer brands including Payless, Saks Fifth Avenue and Kohls, and has appeared on the cover of and/or been featured in a number of major newspapers and magazines in the country on topics ranging from news to lifestyle. Her newest venture, Status, by Star Jones, a collection of women’s apparel for the professional woman, was launched by QVC in the fall of 2013. Since 2011, she has actively participated in the American Heart Association’s National Go Red efforts, has lobbied Congress on behalf of that association and was asked by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to speak at the National Day of Service on heart health during President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration.

Maoji Wang

Mr. Maoji (Michael) Wang is a Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He is currently a director of the Company and Chief Executive Officer and investor in Cosmic Forward Limited, the Company’s majority stockholder (“CFL”). Mr. Wang is also currently the managing partner of Beijing Daqian Law Firm, and has held that position since November 2005. Mr. Wang has also served as a vice president at GNet Group Plc, an e-commerce company based in China, since April 2014, and as Chief Executive Officer of Tibet Weibai Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd. since March 2016, Guangzhou Gaixin Network Technology Development Co., Ltd. since May 2016 and Guangzhou Yougaojiu Marketing Management Co., Ltd. since June 2016. He has also worked as a supervisor at Guangzhou Wu Wei E-commerce Services Co., Ltd. since January 2015 and Yunnan Linkenuodi Education Information Consulting Co., Ltd. since November 2012.

Jiangping Xiao

Mr. Jiangping (Gary) Xiao serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He served as Corporate Controller of United Tactical Systems, a private-equity owned non-lethal weapon and projectile manufacturer, from April 2016 until March 7, 2017. Prior to that, from June 2013 to April 2016, Mr. Xiao served as Controller of Petstages, a pet toy company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Xiao served as the Controller of the Operations Management Group of The Jordan Company, a private equity firm, from August of 2008 to May of 2013, and as a Senior Finance Associate, Financial Planning and Analysis of United Airlines from June 2006 to August of 2008. Mr. Xiao obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business Management at the University of Michigan in 2006 and a B.A. in Accounting from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 2000.

Christopher Wesser

Mr. Christopher James Wesser is a Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. joined Old NAPW in September 2009 and served as its General Counsel and Secretary, managing all legal, insurance, logistical and business risk matters for Old NAPW until its merger with the Company. Prior to joining Old NAPW, for over five years Mr. Wesser was with a private boutique litigation firm spun off from one of the largest law firms in the United States, where he ultimately became a partner before he left private practice. In private practice, he served as counsel to large corporations in numerous complex business litigations in state and federal courts and governmental agencies throughout the country. Mr. Wesser received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from LeMoyne College and J.D. degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law.

Barry Feierstein

Mr. Barry S. Feierstein is an Independent Director of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. Mr. Feierstein has served as Chief Operating Officer of Fundation Group LLC, an online direct lender to small businesses, where he is responsible for overseeing multiple aspects of the business including marketing, business development, lending operations, servicing, compliance, finance and administration. From September 2014 to January 2016, Mr. Feierstein was self-employed as a business management consultant. From 2010 through 2013, he held executive roles with the University of Phoenix, an online institution of higher learning and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Apollo Group Apollo Education Group, including Executive Vice President, Workforce Solutions and then as Chief Business Operating Officer. Beginning in December 2013 he transitioned to the Apollo Group where he served as the Chief Commercial Officer until September 2014. Mr. Feierstein has expertise in online marketing, with a specific concentration in online education and marketing. Mr. Feierstein was selected to serve as a director based on the Board’s belief that his ability to analyze complex Internet marketing strategies and experience in connecting education to careers is an asset to the Board.

Lee Hillman

Mr. Lee Hillman is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as the CEO of Performance Health Systems, LLC, or its predecessor, a business manufacturing and distributing PowerPlate® and bioDensity™ branded, specialty health and exercise equipment, since 2009. Mr. Hillman has also served as President of Liberation Advisory Group and Liberation Management Services, LLC since 2003. Mr. Hillman currently serves as member of the Board of Directors of HC2 Holdings, Inc., a diversified holding company engaged in acquiring and growing businesses in the United States and internationally. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Lawson Products, Inc., where he serves as Chair of the compensation committee and as Chair of the Financial Strategies Committee. Mr. Hillman also serves as a Trustee of Adelphia Recovery Trust. He serves as a member of the audit committee of each of the aforementioned boards. Mr. Hillman is a certified public accountant and former audit partner with Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Hillman’s experience as a chief executive officer, chief financial officer and director of other public U.S. and international companies and as a former audit partner of an international accounting firm provides valuable insights to our Board.

Xiaojing Huang

Ms. Xiaojing Huang is an Independent Director of the Company. She was a senior consultant at Shaklee (China) Co., Ltd., a manufacturer and distributor of personal care products based in China, from September 2005 to September 2016.

Xianfang Liu

Mr. Xianfang Liu is an Independent Director of the Company. He has been a professor and Director of the Center for International Business Studies at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) since September 1997. Since September 2008, Mr. Liu has also served as Executive Associate Dean for Global Programs at NYIT. From December 2006 to September 2008, he also served as Dean of the School of Management at NYIT.

Daniel Marovitz

Mr. Daniel Marovitz is an Independent Director of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. Since February 2015. Mr. Marovitz has been a director, chairman of our audit committee and a member of our compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees since the consummation of our initial public offering in March 2013. Since February of 2015, Mr. Marovitz has been serving as President (Europe) of Earthport PLC, a public company that specializes in the provision of cross-border payments services. Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Marovitz was Chief Executive Officer of Faculty 1000 Ltd., a privately held science publishing and software company. He is the founder and former Chief Executive Officer, from July 2011 to February 2013, of Buzzumi, a software platform that helps consulting and advice-based businesses operate online. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Head of Product Management and member of the board of Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Bank. Mr. Marovitz also serves on the board of directors of Doctor Care Anywhere Limited, a privately held telemedicine company offering doctor consultations over the internet. Mr. Marovitz is an experienced operational and theoretical thought leader regarding Internet companies. Mr. Marovitz was selected to serve as a director based on the Board’s belief that he brings valuable advice relating to Internet activities, user experience and online marketing to the Company.

David Schramm

Hao Zhang

Mr. Hao Zhang is an Independent Director of the Company. He is a private investor based in China. Mr. Zhang has served as a director of Wealth Power Global Trading Limited since June 2015.

Randi Zuckerberg

Ms. Randi Zuckerberg is an Independent Director of the Company. She has been a director since September 2014 and is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zuckerberg Media, a boutique marketing firm and production company working with high profile organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as The Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, Condé Nast and PayPal. She is the author of two books, Dot Complicated, a New York Times Best Seller, and Dot, a children’s picture book. Ms. Zuckerberg also works as a television producer and contributor. In 2011, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her innovative blend of online/TV coverage of the U.S. mid-term elections. In 2012, she was the executive producer for a TV docu-series on Bravo about Silicon Valley’s startup culture, and she regularly appears as a contributor for The Today Show and The Katie Couric Show to discuss life in the digital age. From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Zuckerberg served as Director of Market Development and Spokeswoman for Facebook, Inc., one of the largest social media companies.