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Origin Agritech Ltd (SEED.OQ)

SEED.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gengchen Han

59 2016 Chairman of the Board

William Niebur

2016 President, Chief Executive Officer

Yasheng Yang

52 2010 Vice Chairman of the Board

Xin Zhou

2017 Chief Financial Officer

Geoffery Merszei

62 2016 Director

David Bullock

50 2015 Independent Director

Larry Cordell

57 2012 Independent Director

James Kang

55 2010 Independent Director

Min Tang

62 2009 Independent Director

Michael Trimble

57 2006 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gengchen Han

Dr. Gengchen Han is Chairman of the Board of the company. Dr. Han is also the Executive Chairman of Beijing Origin and its affiliated companies, a position that he has held since founding the business in 1997. Dr. Han was the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from its inception in 1997 until January 1, 2009. Dr. Han has more than 20 years of experience in research and development of hybrid seed products, particularly corn seed. From 1982 until 1984, Dr. Han was a lecturer at the Henan Agriculture University. From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Han received his Ph.D. degree in Plant Breeding and Cytogenics from Iowa State University. From 1989 until 1990 he worked for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, in Mexico. He worked for Pioneer Hi-bred International from 1990 to 1996; his positions there included Regional Technical Coordinator for Asia/Pacific and Regional Supervisor for China Business.

William Niebur

Dr.William S. Niebur is President, Chief Executive Officer of the company. He most recently served with DuPont Pioneer as Vice President and General Manager with strategic oversight responsibility forChina,East Asiaand Oceania. Dr. Niebur has been in the seed business for more than three decades, beginning his career as a corn geneticist inPrinceton, Ill.He went on to gain extensive global experience, first overseeing research and development while living inEurope, then returning toNorth Americaas the company's global Vice President for R&D, and finally moving into business operations managing seed businesses in East andNorth Asia. In 2015, Dr. Niebur was named as one of 50 people "Shaping the Future of the U.S.-China Relationship" in the Pacific Power Index, publicized by Foreign Policy Group. Dr. Niebur was instrumental in integrating technologies into plant genetics programs and was granted several patents which led to the commercialization of more than 30 branded products during his scientific career. Dr. Niebur holds both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees fromIowa State University. He earned his doctorate in plant breeding and cytogenetics from the University of Minnesota.

Yasheng Yang

Mr. Yasheng Yang is Vice Chairman of the Board of the company. Mr. Yang previously served as President, Vice Chairman, and Chief Operating Officer of Origin from 2005 to 2007. He is also an executive officer of each of PRC Operating Companies since 1998, where he is principally responsible for advertising and marketing, and serves as President of BioCentury Transgene. Prior to joining Beijing Origin, from 1995 to 1997, he worked in the Fujian province government as an officer, where he specialized in the areas of technology, medicine and education.

Xin Zhou

Ms. Zhou Xin serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. She is an executive with more than 20 years' experience in finance and accounting, strategic financial planning and budgeting, product licensing and fiscal reporting, project funding and investor relations. Ms. Zhou has most recently spent seven years with Monsan to China and will be based in Beijing.

Geoffery Merszei

David Bullock

Mr. David W. Bullock, is the Independent Director of the company. He is the former Chief Financial Officer of Graham Packaging Company Inc. (“GRM”) and former Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UAP Holding Corporation (“UAPH”),was appointed to Origin’s Board of Directors and will replace Mr. Larry Kenneth Cordell as the Chair of the Audit Committee and an Independent Director to the Company effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Bullock served as the CFO of GRM, a global manufacturer of rigid plastics containers, from 2009 until the sale of the company in 2011. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Bullock served as Chief Operating Officer, as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, of UAPH, a distributor of agricultural-related products. Prior to UAPH, Mr. Bullock held various positions with FMC Corporation, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., and Westinghouse Electric. Mr. Bullock currently serves as a director of Building Materials Holding Corp. Mr. Bullock received an M.B.A. from Cornell University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Larry Cordell

Mr. Larry Kenneth Cordell is an Independent Director of the company. Mr. Cordell served as Chairman, President and CEO at UAP Holdings (“UAPH”) when the company was acquired by Agrium Inc. through a tender offer in May, 2008. Prior to its acquisition, UAPH was the independent distributor of agricultural inputs and professional non-crop products in the United States and Canada. Prior to UAPH, he held executive positions at FMC Agricultural Products, where he last served as its Global Herbicide Director. Mr. Cordell started his career at Rohm and Haas. Mr. Cordell currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Agriculture Distribution, a privately held crop input distributor in the United States. He also holds Board of Director positions with Momentive Performance Material Holdings and Taminco, both of which are privately held specialty chemical manufacturers.

James Kang

Dr. James Kang is an Independent Director of the company. Dr. Kang is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine. He is also a National One-Thousand Talents Theme Professor and the Director of Regenerative Medicine Research Center at Sichuan University West China Hospital in China. Dr. Kang has also been serving as the President and CEO of InnoRem, Inc. and the President of International Organization of Life Science and Biotechnology. Prior to this, Dr. Kang received his PhD. Degree from Iowa State University and completed his postdoctoral fellow training at Cornell University Medical College in New York.

Min Tang

Dr. Min Tang is an Independent Director of the company. Dr. Tang is currently the Executive Vice Chairperson of China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, a social development and entrepreneurship education initiative. Previously, Dr. Tang sat as the Deputy Secretary General of the China Development Research Foundation in charge of financial reform, energy conservation, and social development for the Development Research Center reporting to the State Council of China. Prior to his position, Dr. Tang worked in Asia Development Bank for 18 years. From 2000-2007, he was the Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank Resident Mission in China. Dr. Tang received his masters and PhD. degree in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.

Michael Trimble

Dr. Michael W. Trimble is Independent Director of the company. Dr. Trimble is the founder of Trimble Genetics International LLC, or Trimble Genetics, and has been the President of Trimble Genetics since 2001. Trimble Genetics is a plant genetics research company that has expanded business and research relationships to include activities in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dr. Trimble is an inventor of numerous patents in the field of plant genetics. Dr. Trimble graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota and also completed graduate programs at Purdue University and Iowa State University.

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