BEIJING, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Renren Inc. (NYSE: RENN) ("Renren" or the "Company"), the leading real name social networking internet platform in China, today announced the appointment of Stephen Murphy as an independent director and a member of the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. As a result of this new appointment, Renren's seven-member Board of Directors is comprised of a majority of independent directors. In addition, the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of Renren's board are each entirely comprised of independent directors. Mr. Stephen Murphy previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Group Holdings Ltd., the holding company for Virgin's worldwide interests, for six years after having succeeded the founder Sir Richard Branson in 2005. He continues to act as a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of Virgin. During his 17-year-tenure at Virgin Group, he served as Chairman and executive director of various subsidiaries as well as other senior positions, including six years as Group Finance Director. Mr. Murphy also continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and member of the Audit Committee for Virgin Atlantic Ltd. In addition, he is also a non-executive director of the Business Growth Fund in the UK and a partner at Ashcombe Advisers, a corporate finance advisory business. Mr. Murphy received a BA Hons degree from Liverpool John Moores University and is a member of the UK Institute of Certified Management Accountants. "We are very delighted to have Mr. Murphy join us as an independent director. During his tenure, Virgin Group developed further into a world-class consumer brand with diversified services. Mr. Murphy's experience and wealth of knowledge will be a great asset to our business and our pursuit of best corporate governance practice," said Joseph Chen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Also effective on May 2, 2012, Mr. Katsumasa Niki, who was appointed as a director by SB Pan Pacific Corporation, a major shareholder of the Company, vacated his seat in the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and continues to serve as a non-executive director.