Board of Directors
Robert S. YorgensenChairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Robert S. Yorgensen, has been our President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of our Board since January 2012. Prior to becoming our CEO, Mr. Yorgensen was the President of our Solar division since 2007 and has been employed with STR for 27 years. Mr. Yorgensen has held a variety of positions with us, including Extruded Products Manager and Senior Technical Specialist of Materials RD&E and Specialty Manufacturing, Technical Specialist of Materials RD&E and Specialty Manufacturing and Project Leader of Development Engineering and Specialty Manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Technology, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an A.S. from Hartford State Technical College.
John A. JanitzDirector
John A. Janitz, has served on our Board since June 2007. Mr. Janitz is Chairman and Co-Founding Partner at Evergreen Capital Partners LLC, an investment firm that provides advisory services to and co-invests with private equity firms under exclusive contractual arrangements, and is affiliated with The Gores Group where Mr. Janitz is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, and providing strategic, operational and financial guidance to the firm with respect to portfolio company investments in the industrial sector. Evergreen had provided these services to DLJ Merchant Banking Partners from March 2007 to April 2010 and TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. from May 2010 to September 2011. From October 2003 to March 2007, he served as Co-Managing Principal for Questor Management Company, a turnaround capital investment firm based in Michigan. Mr. Janitz engaged in various advisory and consulting arrangements with several private equity firms from October 2001 until February 2003. Prior to joining Questor, from 1999 to 2001 Mr. Janitz was President and Chief Operating Officer of Textron, a NYSE-listed multi‑industry company. Before Textron, Mr. Janitz was an Executive Vice President with TRW, a multinational company providing advanced technology products and services. In addition, he served as President of Wickes Manufacturing Company (“Wickes”), and held a number of key executive positions with Wickes’ predecessor company, Gulf & Western Industries, Inc. Mr. Janitz serves as a director of two private companies, Global SFI Holdings and LLL Holdings. Mr. Janitz holds a B.S. from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program.
HuiYing (Julia) JuDirector
HuiYing (Julia) Ju, 49, has served on our Board since March 2016. Ms. Ju is the General Manager of the International Department of Zhenfa since February 2014, where she is responsible for the development of the international market for Zhenfa, and its affiliates, primarily focused on project development and engineering, procurement and construction services for utility-scale solar farms. In addition, since September 2015, Ms. Ju has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Zhenfa New Energy Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd., an affiliate of Zhenfa, where she is responsible for the development of a 100 megawatt solar project in Pakistan. From May 2004 through December 2013, Ms. Ju served as the Chairman and General Manager of Zhangjiagang SEG PV Co., Ltd., a company engaged in the manufacturing and sale of solar modules. Ms. Ju also served as Sales Manager of WuXi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. from October 2002 through March 2004, and as the Customer Service Manager of German Barmag Machinery Co., Ltd. from April 2000 through October 2002. Ms. Ju was selected as a member of the Board pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement with Zhenfa U.S. Ms. Ju’s association with the Company’s largest stockholder, along with her extensive international business and management experience in the solar manufacturing field, brings valuable perspectives to the Board.
Andrew M. LeitchDirector
Andrew M. Leitch, has served on our Board since our initial public offering in November 2009. Mr. Leitch was a senior partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP for over 27 years, last serving as the Vice Chairman of the Management Committee, Hong Kong from September 1997 through his retirement in March 2000. Mr. Leitch has served as a director, chairman of the board and member of the audit committee and compensation committees of Blackbaud Inc., and as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Cardium Therapeutics Inc. since February 2004 and August 2007, respectively. Mr. Leitch served as director and chairman of the audit committee of Aldila, Inc. from May 2004 through February 2010 and a director of L&L Energy Inc. from February 2011 through August 2011. Mr. Leitch also serves as a director of various private companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York, and a Chartered Accountant in Ontario, Canada
Xin (Cindy) LinDirector
Xin (Cindy) Lin is currently President of Zhen Fa New Energy (U.S.) Co., Ltd., having served in this capacity since April 2013, and is responsible for leading Zhenfa's activities in the U.S., including investment and acquisitions. Ms. Lin has also worked at Medtronic IT since August 2001, where she currently serves as senior principal IT developer, with a primary focus in business intelligence, data management and data analytics. In 2006, Ms. Lin founded L&B International LLC, a consulting firm focusing on providing consulting services in the area of renewable energy development, and is currently its President. Ms. Lin previously worked at the Bank of China in Beijing, China, where she was responsible for international trade settlement and financial instruments for export and import companies.
Ping (Daniel) YuDirector
Dr. Yu currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of UDA Education Consulting Group, based in New York and Shanghai, and as Business Representative and Advisor to China Capital Investment Group. Dr. Yu specializes in Sino-US business, education and NGO cooperation, and was previously China Country Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and a Senior Fellow at New York University School of Law. Dr. Yu graduated from East China University of Political Science and Law in 1984 (B.A., Law) and Fudan University (Ph.D) in 1987, and received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington (Seattle) School of Law. Dr. Yu has taught at Fudan University, Chicago University, and New York University, and has also been a director for a number of private companies during his career.
Lenian (Charles) ZhaDirector
Mr. Zha has served on our board since March 2017. He has served in various positions with Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”), an information technology products and services provider, since 2000, most recently as a Program Manager, where he manages Cisco Services Compliance. Prior to that, Mr. Zha served as a Business Operations Manager, where he managed business intelligence programs and focused on long-term planning, sales opportunities, revenue/cost and risk analysis and product lifecycle management. Since September 2002, Mr. Zha has also served as the owner and Chief Executive Officer of BiLink, Inc., a provider of business consulting services. Mr. Zha received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1992.