ChinaEdu, an online education services provider in China, has appointed Simon Mei as chief financial officer (CFO). Mei joins ChinaEdu from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA, where he was a senior manager in assurance and advisory services in Beijing.
Previously, Mei held senior manager and manager positions at Ernst & Young and KPMG respectively, during his nine years in Canada. His years of big four audit work included the execution of multiple initial public offering (IPO) audits including companies in the education industry. Before going into audit, Mei was a finance and administrative manager in Beijing for Kennametal, a US$3bn NYSE- listed company that manufactures metal cutting and mining products in China through its subsidiary Kennametal (China). There, he was responsible for financial reporting, strategic planning, treasury, risk management, investor and bank relations, corporate governance, taxation, audit and budgeting.
Mei began his career as a corporate accountant for China Trust and Investment Corporation in Beijing, where he was responsible for financial reporting for this RMB20bn, state-owned, financial institution. Mei holds a master’s degree in finance from Renmin University of China in Beijing and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Zhong Nan University of Finance and Economics in Wuhan, China. He earned his certified management accountant designation in the US in 2003 and his Canadian chartered accountant designation in Edmonton, Alberta in 2006.
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