Trina Solar Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer and Appointment of Interim Replacement
|Primary IR Contact|
Gao Jifan, Chairman and CEO of Changzhou Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL). Mr. Gao currently serves as Vice Chairman of New Energy Chamber of Commerce of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Executive Director of China National Renewable Energy Institute, Deputy Director of Professional Committee of Solar Buildings, Executive Vice President of Photovoltaic Industry Association of Jiangsu province, Deputy to the People's Congress of Changzhou and member of board of directors of Fudan University. He has also won the Labor Award and many other honorary titles.
In 1997, in the wake of Kyoto Conference and the global climate warming, Mr. Gao, with his keen vision and a strong sense of mission, founded Trina Solar, ushering in the development of China's photovoltaic industry, and becoming one of leaders in photovoltaic industry of China. He has been dedicating to the technological innovation and market promotion of the photovoltaic industry ever since. Under his leadership, Trina Solar created the first solar model room in the country, established 39 stand-alone photovoltaic power stations in Tibet, and built the first 10 KW photovoltaic power plant (Trina Solar Roofs Station) in Jiangsu province. Mr. Gao has vigorously promoted the process of China's renewable energy and green economic development. Trina Solar was successfully listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in December 2006. Its leadership team is made up of employees from 15 nations. Trina Solar is a multinational corporation with international management concepts and provides high-quality
PV modules to the world for civil, commercial, industrial and large-scale public facilities, bringing clean and reliable solar energy.
Mr. Gao earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Nanjing University in 1985. He graduated from Jilin University with a Master of Science degree in physical chemistry in 1988, and was student of China’s celebrated scholar in chemistry Dr. Aoqing Tang.
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,and Chief Operating Officer in Jan 2015. Prior to joining Trina Solar, Mr. Zhu served as the global finance operations controller, internal controller, audit director and CFO of the Air-Conditioner Group at Haier Group He also served as the China Regional CFO and Vice President of Lucent Technologies in Qingdao. Prior to which, Mr. Zhu served as the financial controller and acting general manager at HowdenHua Engineering Company. Mr. Zhu received a Bachelor's of Science degree in engineering from Tsinghua University, a Master's of Science degree from the University of Shanghai Science and Technology, a Certificate of Postgraduate Studies from Cambridge University and a Master's of Business Administration from Imperial College London.
Mr. Liping Qiu has been a director of our company since May 2006. He is a co-founder of Milestone Capital, a China-focused private equity investment company, and the general partner of Milestone China Opportunities Fund I and Fund II, L.P, a partnership that invests primarily in high-growth Chinese companies, since 2002. In 2001, Mr. Qiu was Bear Stearns's Beijing Office Representative, responsible for investment banking operations in China. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Qiu was at Merrill Lynch's direct investment group and corporate finance group in Beijing and Hong Kong. Mr. Qiu received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in engineering from the National University of Defense Technology of China in 1984 and 1986, respectively.
|Mr. Qian Zhao has been an independent director of our company since May 18, 2007.Mr. Zhao is a founding partner of CXC China Sustainable Growth Fund, a private equity fund that makes investments in China –based companies. He is also a managing director of CXC Capital, Inc. which is the management company of CXC China Sustainable Growth Fund. Mr. Zhao co-founded Haiwen & Partners, a preeminent China corporate finance law firm in Beijing, and was a senior partner of the law firm. He worked in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York office from 1996 to 2000, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates’ Beijing office from 2000 to 2003. He is admitted to practice law in both China and New York. Mr. Zhao received his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1997 and his LL.B from University of International Business & Economics, Beijing in 1990. Mr. Zhao also served on the board of SouFun Holdings Limited from 2010, and on the board of Camelot Information System Inc. from October 2011.|
|Dr. Yeung Kwok On|
|Dr. Yeung Kwok On has been an independent director of our company since August 6, 2010. Dr. Yeung is the Philips Chair Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of Centre of Organization and People Excellence at China Europe International Business School (“CEIBS”). He was also the founding director of CEO Learning Consortium, a learning platform where CEOs from more than 30 leading firms in China joined together to share the best practices on issues critical to business growth and success in China. At CEIBS, he has received numerous teaching awards. Before his return to academia, Dr. Yeung served as Chief Learning Officer and Chief HR Officer of Acer Group from January 1999 to June 2002. Dr. Yeung is author of eight books and dozens of articles. Dr. Yeung’s research focuses on building organizational capability for strategic implementation, accelerating globalization of Chinese firms, growing leadership talent for business growth, and leading large-scale organizational transformation. He has received several research awards and is on the editorial board of several magazines, including Talent and Strategy Journal (USA), Human Resource Management Journal (USA), Harvard Business Review (China), Human Relations Journal (U.S.A.), and Thunderbird International Business Review (USA). In addition to his research and teaching career, Dr. Yeung also serves as a board director at Kingdee International Software Group and SITC, both are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and an independent director of two private companies. He was also elected as ex-officio board member for Human Resource Planning Society, the leading association for senior HR executives in the United States. Dr. Yeung also teaches regularly in executive programs in association with Harvard, INSEAD, and The University of Michigan. Dr. Yeung received his bachelor and master degrees in management from the University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. in Human Resource Management from the University of Michigan.|
Mr. Shao previously held the role of CFO of Trina Solar between 2006 and 2008. Prior to this, Mr. Shao served as CFO of ChinaEdu Corporation, an educational service provider, and of Watchdata Technologies Ltd., a Chinese security software company between 2004 and 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Shao worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd., for approximately a decade. Mr. Shao obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Art from East China Normal University in 1982 and received his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1988. Mr. Shao is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Sean Shao currently serves as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee for a number of U.S.-listed Chinese companies including Jumei International Holding Ltd., an E-commerce company listed on the NYSE, since May 2014, LightInTheBox Holdings Co., Ltd., an E-commerce company listed on the NYSE, since June 2013, UTStarcom Holdings Corp., a provider of broadband equipment and solutions listed on NASDAQ, since October 2012, and China Biologic Products, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ, since July 2008. He also serves as an independent director and chairman of the nominating committee of Agria Corporation, a Chinese agricultural company listed on NYSE, since November 2008