The9 6-K 2005
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Date: December 30, 2005
The9 Announces Executive Promotion
Shanghai, China December 29, 2005. The9 Limited (Nasdaq: NCTY) (The9), a leading online game operator in China, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Chris Shen as Vice President Marketing, effective January 1, 2006. Mr. Shen joined The9 in August 2005 as our Senior Director of Marketing and is in charge of The9s marketing and public relations activities.
Prior to joining The9, Mr. Shen served as Group Account Director and Account Director for several renowned advertising agencies in Shanghai and Taipei, mainly focused on servicing multinational brands of different industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, financial services and retailing. For the past 12 years, Mr. Shen successfully helped numerous local and international brands plan and execute various marketing initiatives, resulting in these brands excellent performance in their respective markets. Mr. Shen received his bachelors degree in management science from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
The9 also announced that Mr. Tao Sun, Senior Vice President, has decided to pursue other opportunities and will resign from his executive position at The9 effective January 1, 2006.
Jun Zhu, The9s Chairman and CEO, commented: We are very pleased to promote Chris Shen to our management team as VPMarketing. Chris has proven his strong execution abilities in the past several months. Leveraging over 12 years of experience working with various world-class advertising agencies, Chris will spearhead all of The9s marketing and public relations matters. With more and more games being added to our game portfolio, the ability to effectively position and market our online games has become a critical part of our operations. Chris, together with the rest of the management team and all of The9s employees, are excited about 2006 and we all looking forward to an exciting new year.
About The9 Limited
The9 Limited is a leading online game operator and developer in China which commenced operations in 1999. Currently, The9s business is primarily focused on operating and developing MMORPGs. The9 directly or through affiliates operates licensed MMORPGs, consisting of WoW, MU and Mystina Online, in China. It has also obtained exclusive licenses to operate additional MMORPGs in China, including Granado Espada and Soul of The Ultimate NationTM. In addition, The9 has developed its first proprietary MMORPG titled Joyful Journey West, which entered all-access public open beta testing in August 2005.
Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as will, expects, anticipates, future, intends, plans, believes, estimates and similar statements.
Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this press release contain forward-looking statements. The9 may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 20-F and 6-K, etc., in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about The9s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, The9s limited operating history as an online game operator, political and economic policies of the Chinese government, the laws and regulations governing the online game industry and information disseminated over the Internet in China, intensified government regulation of Internet cafes, The9s ability to retain existing players and attract new players, license, develop or acquire additional online games that are appealing to users, anticipate and adapt to changing consumer preferences and respond to competitive market conditions, and other risks and uncertainties outlined in The9s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form F-1, as amended, and annual report on Form 20-F. The9 does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.
For further information about The9, please contact
Miss Hannah Lee, CA, CPA (Illinois)
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +86 (21) 5172-9990