May Xue, Chief Executive Officer
May Xue assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in May, 2011. Prior to joining UCCA, Xue worked in various multinational corporations at the director level, amassing over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and general management. Her areas of expertise include business, luxury goods, art, and events management. Her past projects include planning and coordinating the first Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA) exhibition in 2008; managing the VIP reception for the Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games; and planning the ceremony to celebrate the first US flight undertaken by Hainan Airlines, in which she managed the reception for all Chinese and US officials as well as press relations. She has previously worked at the City Club in Los Angeles (CAA), the Capital Club Beijing, and Cartier.
May Xue first joined UCCA in 2009 as director of UCCASTORE, creating a concept store celebrating China’s best in original design and in the process turning the traditional museum shop model on its head. Her work with the store has also helped promote the appreciation of limited edition art pieces in China. She oversees the development activities that support UCCA’s many not-for-profit activities, including exhibitions and public programs, moving it toward long-term financial viability and independence. Since becoming CEO, Xue has built up a management team of international caliber while dedicating herself to the long-term development of the institution. In 2015, she completed the Getty Leadership Institute program.
Philip Tinari, Director
Philip Tinari has served as director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), the museum at the heart of Beijing’s 798 Art District, since late 2011. In his five-year tenure, he has mounted more than sixty exhibitions and organized a wide range of public programs and development activities. His program has introduced to China major international artists including Robert Rauschenberg, William Kentridge, Taryn Simon, Tino Sehgal and David Diao, and has tracked the evolving Chinese art scene through retrospectives and surveys of artists including Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Wei, Xu Zhen, Wang Xingwei, Kan Xuan, and Gu Dexin, as well as initiatives focused on emerging artists such as the 2013 survey “ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice” and the ongoing exhibition series “New Directions.”
Prior to joining UCCA, he was founding editor of LEAP, the internationally distributed, bilingual art magazine published by the Modern Media Group. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, having previously served as founding editor of that magazine’s online Chinese edition, artforum.com.cn. Tinari was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and to the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in 2016. He holds degrees from Duke and Harvard is currently a D.Phil. candidate in art history at Oxford. He is co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe, of the exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” which opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in October 2017.
You Yang, Deputy Director
You Yang joined UCCA in 2011, becoming Deputy Director in 2012. His main responsibilities include enhancing the Center’s long-term growth and building its audience through special projects, public relations, and marketing. He works particularly on UCCA’s communication strategy, social media positioning, image development, and messaging, overseeing communication with domestic and overseas media as well as with the general public. Prior to joining UCCA, You Yang was the marketing director of the Chinese-language version of Time Out Beijing and the deputy general manager of the China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE), the first large-scale contemporary art fair in China. In 2010 and 2011, he also served as Asia consultant for the ART ASIA art fair in Miami, Florida. Complementing his wide range of marketing and management experience, You Yang is also a published author and art critic with more than one hundred journal articles and catalogue essays to his credit. He holds a master’s degree in business management from the University of Hull.
Ada Zhang, Chief Operating Officer and UCCA Creative Studio General Manager
Ada Zhang joined the UCCA team in 2009 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer as well as general manager of UCCA Creative Studio. Her responsibilities as COO include the allocation of museum-wide resources and the maintenance of an inter-departmental framework according to financial strategy, striving to meet developmental needs that suit the varying functions of the museum. As general manager of Creative Studio, Ada is responsible for the new program’s overall planning, financial development, and daily operations.
Ada Zhang is a graduate of Renmin University. Before joining UCCA, she served as financial manager for the businesses Stellar Megamedia, Willsonn Partner, and Flight Center.