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Board Changes: Bruno Wu Dumps Shanda, Moves To Hurray

On the same day Chinese online game company Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited announced that Bruno Wu had resigned from the company's board of directors, Chinese wireless value-added services firm Hurray Holding Company Ltd. revealed the appointment of Wu to their own board.

"We highly appreciate Bruno's dedication and contribution to Shanda's fast growth over the years. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said Chen Tianqiao, Shanda's chairman and CEO. Wu's departure from Shanda and appointment at Hurray are both effective as of September 1, 2009. However the news was just announced by both companies today, almost as an afterthought.

Wu has served as a director of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited since October 2006. He was the co-founder and chairman of The Sun Media Investment Holding Group of Companies, and he served as co-chairman of Sina Corporation from 2001 to 2002 and as the chief operating officer of ATV from June 1998 until February 1999.

Shanda has named Kai Zhao to its board as a replacement. Zhao previously served as dean of the Journalism School of Fudan University, secretary general of the China Communist Party committee of Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Newspaper Group, chief editor of Liberation Daily, and secretary general of the CCP committee of Shanghai Municipal Radio, Film and Television Bureau.

Along with Wu, Hurray also named Tongyu Zhou to Hurray's board of directors. She is the founder and chairman of Shanghai Weida Hi-Tech Group Company Ltd. Zhou is a member of the national committee of CPPCC and Chinese National Youth Union, vice president of the Chinese Young Entrepreneurs' Association and Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.

Wu and Zhou replace Alan Russell Powrie and Suberna Shringla at Hurray. The resignations of Powerie and Shringla were effective as of September 1, 2009.

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