Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) (“Sino-Global” or the “Company”) today announced that Mr. Lei Cao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sino-Global, plans to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer effective November 1, 2021. He will remain Chairman of the Board, ensuring a smooth transition, having served as Chief Executive Officer since founding the Company in 2001. To accelerate the Company’s diversification and growth in cryptocurrency and other new markets, the Company’s Board of Directors unanimously elected the Company’s Vice President, Mr. Yang “Leo” Jie to succeed Mr. Lei Cao effective November 1, 2021. Separately, the Company announced its Acting Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Tuo Pan, has been appointed as its Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Lei Cao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sino-Global, commented, “I am proud of everything we have achieved over the past 20 years and Sino-Global’s strong financial position. Several quarters ago, we embarked on an ambitious strategic shift designed to propel our company into the future of commerce, while leveraging our extensive successes and global logistics network. After considerable thought and planning, we believe it is the right time to empower the next generation to execute the day-to-day operations with tireless and relentless focus. Mr Yang ‘Leo’ Jie is an outstanding executive who knows our business and will lead Sino-Global in this rapidly evolving business environment. He has worked closely with me and the Board over the past year and is the right choice to guide Sino-Global into the new era. I am highly confident Mr. Yang ‘Leo’ Jie has the insight and judgment to deliver the leadership we need today and longer-term. In my continuing role as Chairman, I look forward to partnering together to build value for all shareholders.”
Mr. Yang “Leo” Jie, Vice President and incoming Chief Executive Officer of Sino-Global, commented, “Mr. Lei Cao has been a remarkable leader and provided the vision and drive, establishing Sino-Global as an important global shipping and logistics company. His foresight in diversifying into the cryptocurrency market has given us a meaningful competitive advantage and scalable platform to accelerate growth. I appreciate Mr.Cao’s confidence and the support of the entire Board of Directors in electing me as Chief Executive Officer, only the second in the Company’s 20-year history. I believe we have even greater opportunities ahead as we shift our priority to the U.S., leverage our technology platform and blockchain to develop new logistics methods, blockchain-related businesses and complementary services.”
Mr. Yang “Leo” Jie has served as Vice President of Sino-Global since January 2021. He previously served in management roles in both the U.S. and China. He received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the Beijing Finance and Trade Technology College.
Acting CFO Appointed CFO
The Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Board nominated and the Board appointed Ms. Tuo Pan as the Registrant’s new Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) effective immediately. Ms. Tuo Pan previously served as the Company’s Acting CFO, having worked with the Company since October 2015. Ms. Tuo Pan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance from Curtin University of Technology in Australia, and a Master’s degree in Advance of Accounting from Curtin University of Technology in Australia.
About Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO)
Founded in the United States in 2001, Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. has been diversifying into the cryptocurrency market, while continuing to support and grow its shipping, chartering, logistics and related services business. Headquartered in New York, Sino-Global has offices in Los Angeles, Mainland China, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. Additional information about Sino-Global can be found on the Company’s corporate website at www.sino-global.net.