A former chemistry teacher and life-time scholar, Jack Wu has transformed Duch Group, the company he founded, from a small workshop to a world leader. He has extensive business experience and in addition to his work with Duch Group he has also brought his expertise to a number of other successful companies. At Duch Group he is responsible for the day to day running of the company as well as its long-term strategic direction. The ProtoFab project was started thanks to his understanding of the potential of additive manufacturing and his commitment to becoming an industry leader in 3D printer. Despite being a successful entrepreneur, he still finds the time to teach industrial design at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, inspiring hundreds of young designers to develop their ideas and create new solutions.
Vice President / Europe CEO
Living in Europe for nearly 20 years, with extensive team management and excellent sales experience, he joined the group in 2019 as Vice President and CEO of the European subsidiary. Prior to this role, he worked in the German automotive industry, such as ThyssenKrupp AG and Porsche AG, was responsible for the development of the Asian market, sales network development. As Senior Expert in 3D printing industry, he worked for the German metal printing equipment manufacturer Concept Laser/General Electric and was responsible for Asian market. In the past five years, he has achieved impressive sales performance with annual sales growth rate of up to 300%. As Vice President in the Group, Gary Ding is in charge of the overseas market and assists the chairman to carry out the management work and conduct necessary consultation. As CEO of European subsidiary, he is responsible for European market development and partner network development.
Lily Ruan has over two decades of experience in team management and product development. She was chief product development manager for a leading electronics manufacturer before joining Protofab in 2016. In her previous role she was primarily involved with SMT, wave soldering, and ICT for products such as DVD players, speaker systems, mobile phones, and laptop computers. As an expert in 3D printing, she designed a comprehensive educational program which has been taught in local universities for the last few years, and in 2013 she led the design of a self-developed desktop FDM 3D printer. Lily is now leading our R&D department as well as managing general affairs.