William Lei Ding


William Lei Ding has served as Youdao’s director since January 2015. Mr. Ding is the founder of NetEase, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) and currently serves as a director and the chief executive officer of NetEase. At NetEase, from March 2001 to November 2005, Mr. Ding served as the chief architect, and, from June 2001 to September 2001, he served as the acting chief executive officer and acting chief operating officer. From July 1999 to March 2001, Mr. Ding served as the co-chief technology officer of NetEase, and from July 1999 to April 2000, he also served as NetEase’s interim chief executive officer. Mr. Ding established Guangzhou NetEase Computer System Co., Ltd. and Shanghai EaseNet Network Technology Co., Ltd., in May 1997 and January 2008, respectively. Mr. Ding holds a bachelor of science degree in communication technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.