Yang Mianmian, female, born in 1941, CPC member, senior engineer, was one of Haier’s founders as well as a deputy to the National People’s Congress from the seventh to eleventh terms. She has worked as executive vice president and president of Haier Group since 1999, and is currently chairman of Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. and president of Haier Group.
Guided by the goal of building Haier into a global brand, Yang has kept Haier ahead in the global industry in product innovation, marketing innovation and management innovation, and has assisted CEO Zhang Ruimin in turning Haier from a small plant on the verge of closedown into the number one brand of Major Appliances in the world.
Yang enjoys a high profile in the international business world. In November 2004, Wall Street Journal unveiled the “World’s 50 Most Noteworthy Businesswomen” for the first time, and she was among them; in September 2006, she was listed by Forbes among the “World’s Most Influential Women”; in 2007, she was selected among the “World’s 100 Most Influential Women” by Forbes; from 2006 to 2008, she was honored as one of the “World’s Most Influential Women” by Forbes for making the list for three consecutive years. In 2010, she was exclusively honored as the “Outstanding Businesswoman” at the 20th Global Summit of Women in Beijing. In 2011, she claimed the Award for “Most Innovative Businesswomen” at 2011 Asia Forum of Female Leaders”. In 2011, Fortune magazine released the list of “50 Most Powerful Women in Business for 2009” (50 powerful businesswomen outside the US), and she ranked among Chinese businesswomen.