Xiang Gao (Sean)
CTO of Innovative Finance BU & Global Shopping
Mr. Sean Gao, CTO of Ctrip Innovative Finance & Global Shopping, has over twenty years of rich experience in telecommunication, internet, mobile internet, GIS, LBS, and e-commerce technology and platform. He has directed complex IT and telecommunication services in the US, and also lead small start-ups as well as enterprise R&D teams in China.
Prior to joining Ctrip, Mr. Gao was the GM of Mobile Application BU with Autonavi, Corp, which was later acquired by Alibaba in 2014. Autonavi acquired Mr. Gao’s tech startup, which was focusing on innovative mobile location based services and advertising platform, in 2011. Prior to his return to China in 2006, Mr. Gao was with Nortel (Texas, U.S) where he played various management roles in application development, technology deployment, product management, and business development.
Mr. Gao holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences from University of Texas at Austin (Texas, U.S.) and a master's degree in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, U.S..