Zhang Ping, male, Han nationality, is a native of Xiaoxian County, Anhui Province. He was born in 1946 and joined the CPC in 1979.
Zhang spent most of his career in finance, beginning as an accountant with a branch of the People's Bank of China. He later held several management positions within Chaoxin county government. In 1992, he became Party secretary and later mayor of Wuhu City.
Zhang later became vice-governor of Anhui province and held several high positions within the Party in Anhui province.
Zhang was an alternate member of the 16th CPC Central Committee and a member of the 17th CPC Central Committee. He served as Minister of the State Development and Reform Commission from 2008 - 2013. In 2013 he became Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC and in 2015 he was named Chairman of the Chairman of the China Consumers' Association (CCA).