Robert S. Yorgensen Chairman, 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. Janitz Director
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) 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. Leitch Director
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) 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.
Haiyang (Ocean) Yuan Director
Haiyang (Ocean) Yuan, 53, has served on our Board since July 2016. Mr. Yuan has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Grape Solar, Inc., a solar panel and kit distributor, since June 2009. From November 2015 to February 2016, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of JC Group Holdings Ltd., a public company in Hong Kong. Mr. Yuan previously served as the Senior Vice President of Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd., from August 2007 to February 2009 and as the Vice President of Smith and Associates from June 2006 to June 2007. Mr. Yuan received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon in 1993. Mr. Yuan was selected as a member of the Board pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement with Zhenfa U.S. His extensive management experience in the solar industry brings valuable perspectives to the Board.