Born in 1961, Mr. Yang is a senior engineer and graduated from China University of Petroleum with a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering. He also received an MBA degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT as a Sloan Fellow.
Mr. Yang joined China National Offshore Oil Corporation in 1982 and has over 29 years of experience in petroleum exploration and production. From 1982 to 1992, Mr. Yang served in a number of positions in CNOOC Research Center including the Director of Field Development Department, the Manager of Reservoir Engineering Department and the Project Manager. Thereafter, Mr. Yang was mainly involved in international business, corporate finance and capital market operations in CNOOC Limited and its subsidiaries. Mr. Yang was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 16 September 2010.