Former CEO of International Investments and Operations, Wanda Cultural Industry Group
Former President of Microsoft China
Former Corporate Vice President and President of Emerging Geographies for Autodesk Inc.
Dr Gao is Founding Partner and CEO of “Smart Cinema”, a direct-to-consumer mobile platform devoting to exhibit theatrically released movies in Greater China, North America and South Korea.
During 2015-2017, Dr Gao was CEO of International Investments and Operations, Wanda Cultural Industry Group and also Interim CEO of Legendary Entertainment in Hollywood during 2017.
Previously, Dr Gao was Senior Vice President for News Corporation and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NYSE: NWS, 2006~2014) and CEO, NWS China Investments as well as CEO, Star TV China Co.
Earlier, Dr Gao was President of Microsoft China (NASDAQ: MSFT), General Partner of Walden International and Corporate Vice President and President of Emerging Geographies for Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK).
Today, Dr Gao is on the board of AGTech (HKEX: 08279) and AsiaInfo (HKEX: 01675). Previously Dr Gao was on the AFI (American Film Institute) Board of Trustees and also the board director of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Legendary Entertainment, France’s EuropaCity, British Sunseeker International, Switzerland Infront Sports & Media AG, World Triathlon Corporation and Phoenix Satellite TV Holding Ltd. (HKEX: 02008). Dr Gao is on Variety500, an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry in 2018 and also named by The Hollywood Reporter as Most Powerful People in Entertainment in both 2016 and 2017. Dr Gao received Year Achievement Award from The Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) in 2019.
Dr Gao graduated from the Harbin Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering.