President Weihua Ma. He was born in 1949 in Jinzhou, in the northeastern province of Liaoning. After studying economics at Jilin University in 1978, Ma earned his PhD at the Southwest University of Finance and Economics and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern California. From 1988 to 1998, he worked in the People's Bank of China.He concurrently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for CIGNA & CMC life Insurance Company Ltd., Chairman of China Merchants Fund Management Co. Ltd., and Wing Lung Bank. In addition, he holds high-profile positions in many organizations, including Vice Chairman of China Chamber of International Commerce, Executive Vice Chairman of China Enterprise Directors Association (CEDA), Executive Director of China Society for Finance and Banking. Mr. Ma has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to the private sector. He was named “China Economic Person of the Year 2001” by China Central Television (CCTV), “China Business Leader of the Decade 1999-2009” by CCTV in 2009. He was awarded “Asia’s Best CEO”, “Asia’s Banking Industry Leader”, “Asia’s Best Banking President” and “Asia’s Excellent CEO” by Institutional Investor in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.