Zhang Yichen is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CITIC Capital. He joined CITIC Group in 2000 as an Executive Director of CITIC Pacific and President of CITIC Pacific Communications, before founding CITIC Capital in 2002. Prior to joining CITIC Group, he was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch responsible for Debt Capital Market activities for the Greater China region. Mr. Zhang started his career in investment banking where he joined Greenwich Capital Markets in 1987 and became Bank of Tokyo's Head of Proprietary Trading in New York in the early 1990s.
Mr. Zhang is a member of the Eleventh and Twelfth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). He is a founding member and Vice Chairman of Beijing Private Equity Association (BPEA) and Tianjin Private Equity Association. He is the Vice Chairman of Center for China and Globalization (CCG). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and the Foundation Board of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, one of the most vibrant communities of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Zhang is the former Chairman of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and is currently an Executive Committee member of its Board of Governors.
Mr. Zhang is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.