Tan Xiangdong was born in Jiangsu province in March 1967. He graduated from the Finance Department of Beijing Finance and Trade Institute (the School of Economics and Finance of Capital University of Economics and Business) in July 1987 and received master's degree in February 1989. He got the MBA majored in Risk Control at College of Insurance, St. John’s University (New York, United States) in July 1999. From 2000 to 2001, he studied at Harvard Business School in the United States.
In July 1991, he entered HNA as one of the founders of HNA.
From July 1991 to November 1993, he was the Assistant to the Chairman of Hainan Provincial Airlines Company.
In March 1996, he acted as the Chief Representative of the Hainan Provincial Airlines Company’s U.S. division.
In November 1996, he acted as the Senior Assistant to the President of Hainan Provincial Airlines Company.
In September 1997, he was the Chairman of HNA Insurance Agency Co., Ltd.
In January 2000, he was the Managing Director of Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd.
From February 2001 to January 2013, he served as the Director of HNA Group Co., Ltd.
In February 2007, he served as the Executive Chairman of HNA Industry Holding Co., Ltd.
In March 2011, he served as the Chairman of HNA Capital Holding Company Limited.
In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of “Hero of HNA”.
At present, he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and the CEO of HNA Group.