Suntech: Operations Management Changes
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., the world's largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, announced changes to the operations management team to further improve management effectiveness. Mr. Johnson Chiang resigned from his position as Chief Operating Officer of the Company effective July 3, 2009 for personal reasons. Mr. Guangchun Zhang, Suntech's Vice President of Manufacturing Technology and Quality, will take over management of all crystalline silicon PV manufacturing operations in China. Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO, will temporarily oversee management of the Shanghai thin film plant, KSL Kuttler and BIPV manufacturing operations at Suntech Japan until a suitable replacement is found.
"We appreciate Johnson's significant contributions to Suntech over the past year and wish him all the best in the future," said Dr. Shi. "Guangchun has extensive operations, technology and quality experience in the solar industry and we have no doubt he will easily transition to this expanded role. Our highly qualified and experienced operations team will continue to ensure that our solar products set the benchmark for quality in the solar industry."
Mr. Guangchun Zhang has over 15 years experience in the photovoltaic industry and previously worked at the Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia and Pacific Solar Pty. Limited. Mr. Zhang received his bachelor degree and his master degree in 1982 and 1988, respectively, from the School of Electronic Engineering at Shandong Polytechnic University. Mr. Zhang joined Suntech as VP of Manufacturing Technology and Quality in November 2005.
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. is the world's leading solar energy company as measured by production output of crystalline silicon solar modules. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets premium quality, high-output, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar products for electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility sectors. Suntech's patent-pending Pluto technology for crystalline silicon solar cells improves power output by up to 12% compared to conventional production methods. Suntech also offers one of the broadest ranges of building-integrated solar products.
Suntech designs and delivers commercial and utility scale solar power systems through its wholly owned subsidiary Suntech Energy Engineering and will own and operate projects greater than 10 megawatts in the United States through Gemini Solar Development Company, a joint venture with Renewable Ventures, a Fotowatio company. With regional headquarters in China, Switzerland and San Francisco and sales offices worldwide, Suntech is passionate about improving the environment we live in and dedicated to developing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development. For more information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
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Investor Relations Director
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.