Board of Directors
Merle A. Hinrich
Mr. Hinrich has been a director since April 2000 and is currently our Executive Chairman. He was our Chief Executive Officer from April 2000 to August 2011. As founder of the business, he was the principal executive officer of our predecessor company, Trade Media Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands corporation wholly owned by us ("Trade Media"), from 1971 through 1993 and resumed that position in September 1999. From 1994 to August 1999, Mr. Hinrich was chairman of the ASM Group, which included Trade Media. Mr. Hinrich is a director of Trade Media and has also been the Chairman of the Board of Trade Media. Mr. Hinrich graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Mathematics, and then gained a Graduate degree in International Trade at Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 1996, the University of Nebraska awarded Mr. Hinrich an Honorary Doctorate Degree, and in 2010, the Thunderbird School of Global Management conferred upon Mr. Hinrich the honorary degree of Doctor of International Law, in recognition of his global mindset and his role as a true global entrepreneur. In recognition of his highly valued support to Hong Kong Baptist University, the university conferred an Honorary University Fellowship upon him in 2015. After 22 years of service, he retired from the board of trustees of Thunderbird and became a Director on the Board of The Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association. He is a member of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, D.C., co-founder and former chairman of The Society of Hong Kong Publishers, and the chairman of the council of members of the Hinrich Foundation. Mr. Hinrich is also an Investment Promotion Ambassador with Invest Hong Kong and serves as the International Board Member of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Pepples is Global Sources’ Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 January 2017. He has served as Global Sources’ Deputy CEO since October 2016. Mr. Pepples joined the Global Sources team in 1986 and has been with the company for more than three decades. During his career, he has moved up the ranks to become manager of the Company’s China sales operations from 1989 to 1992, serving as the China Country Manager from 1992 to 1999, then as the Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2010. Most recently, he has worked as Global Sources’ President of Corporate Affairs and Publisher of Chief Executive China. Mr. Pepples has extensive B2B media experience and deep industry knowledge of Greater China and other markets where the Company operates. He is widely respected for his B2B industry expertise and leadership skills. Mr. Pepples graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University and speaks fluent Chinese.
Mr. Barnes was appointed as our Chief Operating Officer in January 2012. He is responsible for the Company's worldwide operations, including community development, content development, trade show operations, and a special brief covering all buyer-facing services. Mr. Barnes began his career at a lobbyist firm in Austin, Texas, and then worked for two years in the executive training business in Mexico City. Upon completion of his MBA, Mr.Barnes worked as a Market Analyst for Global Sources in Arizona before relocating to Hong Kong to become Executive Assistant to the Chairman & CEO in 2000. From 2003 he spent time managing each of the core operational departments and assumed the role of General Manager of Content & Community Development in January 2010. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Lai was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer effective August 2010. Ms. Lai joined Global Sources in June 2007 as financial controller, Hong Kong & China. Prior to joining Global Sources, she was chief financial officer and an executive director of HC International, Inc., a Hong Kong listed company. Earlier in her career, she spent over four years with PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC") Hong Kong. Ms.Lai graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor's degree in professional accountancy. She is also a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Zapf was appointed as our Chief Information Officer in January 2012. Mr. Zapf began his career in software project management with the United States Air Force. He then joined Global Sources in Phoenix, Arizona, working on the development, sales and marketing of the company's early software and e-commerce products. Later, he worked as a research analyst at Bear Stearns in New York, focusing on the business-to-business market, after which he joined Hong Kong-based AsiaCommerce, a startup incubator, as Chief Executive Officer. He rejoined Global Sources in 2001, and was chief operating officer from January 2011 to December 2011. Mr. Zapf holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Computer Science from Troy State University, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
President, Electronics Group
Mr. Wong was appointed President of Global Sources Electronics Group in December 2014. Mr. Wong is responsible for developing the company’s buyer and supplier community that support revenue growth of integrated marketing services online and offline.
Tommy joined the Company in 1986 as Account Executive for Asian Sources Hardwares and has progressively advanced to senior management positions, including Country Manager of Consumer Products Group, General Manager of Asian Sales, Associate Publisher of Chief Executive China magazine, General Manager of Global Sources Exhibitions. In 2009, he was promoted to President of Exhibitions business unit.
He is recognized as an excellent sales leader, a strong team builder and a committed Global Sources’ team member.
President, Fashion Group
Global Sources President of Fashion Group, Ms.Yip, is responsible for driving revenues and profits growth, as well as supervising the operations for the company’s online marketplaces, print and digital magazines, and trade shows of Fashion Group. She also supports frontlines sales teams and develops new verticals.
Ms.Yip joined Global Sources in 1993 as Assistant Marketing Manager for Consumer Products Group and moved progressively to management positions including Marketing Manager for Consumer Products Group, General Manager for Private Supplier Catalogs and Client Service Center, and Vice President of Vertical Sales.
She received her MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Commerce & Economic Specialist degree from the University of Toronto.
Board of Directors
Merle A. Hinrich
Ms. Benecke has been a director since April 2000 and, since 1993, has been a director of Trade Media. Ms. Benecke was our principal executive officer from January 1994 through August 1999. She joined us in May 1980 and served in numerous positions, including publisher from 1988 to December 1992 and chief operating officer in 1993. From September 1999 to July 2010, Ms. Benecke served as a consultant to Publishers Representatives Ltd. (Hong Kong), a subsidiary of our company. Her consulting work focused largely on the launch, development and expansion of the “China Sourcing Fairs” in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dubai, Singapore and Johannesburg. Ms. Benecke is also on the boards of Australian media company, McPherson Media, Hong Kong art show organizer, Asia Contemporary Art Ltd, and Singapore art show organizer, Singapore Contemporary Art Ltd. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Mr. Heng has been a director since April 2000. He joined us in August 1993
as deputy to the vice president of finance and was the Chief Financial
Officer (previously titled vice president of finance) from 1994 until June
30, 2009. Mr. Heng returned to serve as Interim Chief Financial Officer from
June 30, 2010 until August 1, 2010. He received an MBA from Schiller
International University in London in 1993, is a Singapore Chartered
Accountant, a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants,
and a Fellow Member of The Association of Chartered Certified
Accountants in the United Kingdom. Mr. Heng is currently an audit committee member of Prison Fellowship Singapore, a Christian
non-profit organization that provides counseling and skills training to
prisoners and financial support to their families. Prior to joining us, he
was the regional financial controller of Hitachi Data Systems, a joint
venture between Hitachi and General Motors.
Mr. Jones has been a director since April 2000. He is the Executive Chairman of VGI Partners, a global absolute return funds manager. He spent 17 years in the private equity industry, and before that he was in management consulting, investment banking and general management. Mr. Jones was Managing Director of CHAMP Private Equity, a leading Australian buyout firm from 2002 to 2011. In 1999, he founded and, until 2002, led the development of UBS Capital’s Australian and New Zealand business. Prior to that, he spent four years with Macquarie Direct Investment, a venture capital firm in Sydney, Australia, and one year at BancBoston Capital in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Jones began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Australia and New Zealand. He is Chairman of Derwent Executive and Chair of the National Museum of Australia. He is a director of EC English Pty Ltd, EMR Capital Pty Ltd and Cape York Partnership Group Limited. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Hons.) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Chima was appointed as a casual director on September 12, 2016. Since 2015, she has been the
Chief Information Officer for Burberry plc, where she oversees Burberry’s technology division that is
central to its strategy development. From 2010 to 2015, she held several leadership roles, including
most recently the Chief Information Officer for Asia (2014-2015), at Wal-Mart Stores, a multinational
retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores and grocery
stores. Prior to recent experiences in retailing, she spent over 15 years in the financial services
industry. She was the Vice President of Corporate Systems at American Express (New York) from
2006 to 2010. Prior to that, she spent two years at JPMorgan Chase (New York) and a number of
years at TXU Gas & Electric (Dallas) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (London) as a consultant. Ms.
Chima serves on external boards and participates in mentoring networks which include: World Affairs
Council – Washington, DC; STEMconnector?; United Nations ESCAP Task Force; Information
Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF); Executive Leadership Council (ELC); International
Women’s Forum (IWF); and most recently, B20 Employment Taskforce. She received her Bachelor of
Arts degree from the University of Hull in the U.K.
Mr. Scown was appointed as a casual director on September 12, 2016. He is the Asia Managing
Director, Treasury, for Intel Capital (since 2006). From 1999 to 2006, he served as Intel Capital’s
Asia Regional Counsel. Before joining Intel, he practiced law as an associate and partner with
Russin & Vecchi, LLC in the firm’s San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam offices (1988-
1998) and worked in hotel development as Asia Assistant Regional Counsel for Marriott
International, Inc. (1998-1999). Prior to commencing his legal practice, Mr. Scown served as a
Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State (1985-1988). From 2007 to 2015, he
served on the board of directors and audit committee of eLong, Inc. a NASDAQ-listed mobile and
online travel service provider in China. He has also served as a director of the Hong Kong
Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (2008-2013) and was the Chairman (1995-1996)
and a founding member (1994-1998) of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of
Commerce in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City Chapter. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (A.B.), the
University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D.) and a member of the California Bar.