Management Team

Trina Solar leadership team is made up of employees from a number of nationalities, each with significant management and PV industry experience, who work together to bring the highest quality solar modules and the best service to customers around the world.
Jifan Gao
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr.Gao founded Trina Solar in December 1997. Mr.Gao is the vice chairman of the China Renewable Energy Society, as well as the standing Vice Chairman of the New Energy Chamber of Commerce of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. Mr. Gao received his master's degree in physical chemistry from Jilin University in 1988 and his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Nanjing University in 1985.

Teresa Tan
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Teresa Tan is appointed as Trina Solar Chief Finance Officer, effective January 10,2014. Prior to joining Trina, she has over two decades of global experience in accounting, finance, and management leadership roles. Most recently, Teresa was the head of the financial service team for Parker Hannifin Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, Ms. Tan was the Corporate Vice President of Tax at Aleris International and worked at Ernst & Young as a manager providing consultation to multinational companies as well as privately-owned companies. Ms. Tan is a CPA, with a B.S. degree in Management and Industrial Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China; she also received Master of Accountancy and Master of Art in Economics degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, United States.

Zhiguo Zhu
Senior Vice President and President of Module Business Unit (MBU)
Mr. Zhu joined Trina Solar in 2011 and was named senior vice president in January 2012, and president of Trina Solar's Module Business Unit in September 2012. Prior to joining Trina Solar, Mr. Zhu served as the global finance operations controller and internal control and audit director and the chief financial officer of the Air-Conditioner Group at Haier Group, China Regional CFO and Vice President of Lucent Technologies (Qingdao), and also as the financial controller and acting general manager at HowdenHua Engineering Company. He received a B.S. degree in engineering from Tsinghua University, an M.S. degree from the University of Shanghai Science and Technology, a Certificate of Postgraduate Studies of Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Stephanie Yang  Shao
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Shao joined Trina Solar as Chief Human Resources Officer in September, 2010. Prior to joining Trina, she worked in multiple Fortune 500 companies in the US, including Colgate Palmolive, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Dun Bradstreet in roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of HR, Marketing and Business Development. Ms. Shao holds a B.S. in Psychology from Beijing University, an M.S. in Management Psychology from Chinese Academy of Science and a Ph.D in Social & Organizational Psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Qi Lin
Vice Presidentand President of PV Systems Business Unit (SBU)
Mr.Lin joined Trina as our China regional president in July 2012. He was appointed as the president of SBU in October 2013. Prior to joining Trina Solar, Mr. Lin worked at Siemens as senior vice president of Siemens SLC and general manager of the division of renewable energy for Northeast Asia. Before joining Siemens in 2004, Mr. Lin has also worked at LM Glasfiber; FOSS (a leading analytical instrument manufacturer in Denmark), and YuanDa Engineering, GE and Schneider Electric. Mr. Lin received a B.S. degree from the Beijing University of Technology and an MBA degree from the City University of Seattle in 2001.

Dr. Haiyan Sun
Vice President and President of Energy Storage PV Applications Business Unit (ESPA BU)
Dr. Sun joined Trina Solar in 2010 and has been our APMEA regional president since July 2012, He was appointed as the president of ESPA BU and honorary APMEA regional president in October, 2013. Prior to this role, he was Vice President for System & Engineering Services. Prior to joining Trina Solar, he worked at Oerlikon Solar as head of technical marketing for Asia and as managing director of China for over four years. Dr. Sun received a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Wuhan Huazhong University of Science & Technology and a Ph.D. degree in material science and engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland.

Benjamin Hill
Vice Presidentand President of Europe Region
Mr. Hill joined Trina in April, 2009. He has been President, Europe Region since July 2012. During his time at Trina, he has served as the acting head of global sales and marketing and as vice president of sales and marketing in Europe. He has 25 years of Solar industry experience. Prior to joining Trina, he worked with BP Solar for over ten years, having served in multiple sales management roles throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has also worked at Hiltec Solar Ltd., Nestec Ltd. and Sollatek Ltd. (UK). Mr. Hill has 25 years of experience in business development in the PV industry.