Monday, July 11, 2011

LDK Solar Announces Management Appointment and Promotions

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar") (NYSE: LDK), a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products, today announced one new appointment and several promotions to its management team. 

Ron Kenedi has been appointed President of LDK Solar Tech USA, Inc., a subsidiary of LDK Solar dedicated to module sales in the North America market.  Mr. Kenedi has over 28 years of experience in the solar industry and an extensive track record of driving market share growth within North America. Prior to joining LDK Solar, he served as vice president of Sharp Electronics Corporation's Solar Energy Solutions Group, where he spearheaded Sharp's North American solar business. Prior to that, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Kyocera Solar, Inc. and Photocomm.  He has served on the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association and Solar Alliance.  Mr. Kenedi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. 

Additionally, the following promotions have been made within LDK Solar's management team:

  •     Yonggang Shao was promoted to Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy;
  •     Dr. Yuepeng Wan was promoted to Senior Vice President of Research and Development;
  •     Ling Lin was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources;
  •     Qiqiang Yao was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance; and
  •     Bing Zhu was appointed as CFO of LDK Silicon & Chemical Technology Co., Ltd.

"I am delighted to welcome Ron Kenedi to LDK Solar's management team," stated Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO of LDK Solar.  We believe Ron's extensive solar industry experience will be a tremendous asset to LDK Solar as we expand our operations within North America.

"Additionally, I am pleased to announce the promotions of Dr. Yuepeng Wan, Yonggang Shao, Ling Lin and Qiqiang Yao.  In their respective areas, each has a strong track record of success and has made significant contributions to the growth of LDK Solar.  We also appointed Mr. Bing Zhu to CFO of LDK's polysilicon business unit. We look forward to continuing to leverage their expertise as we execute our growth strategy," concluded Mr. Peng.

Dr. Wan has over 20 years of experience in research and development in silicon and materials processing and joined LDK Solar in February 2007.  Dr. Wan received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from University of Science & Technology of China, and a PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen) in Germany.

Mr. Shao joined LDK Solar in February 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Shao served as a Managing Director with Guotai Jun'an Securities Company Limited and its predecessors from 1998 to 2006. Mr. Shao graduated from Shanghai University in 1990 with a bachelor degree in industrial management and from Beijing University Guanghua School of Management with an Executive MBA degree in 2002.

Ms. Lin has over 12 years of management experience in human resources and administration.  She joined LDK Solar in November 2008.  Ms. Lin received a Bachelor of Science degree in management engineering from Hubei University of Technology in China, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Asia International Open University (Macau).  She has made significant contributions in building up our management structure for all plant and office locations.  Prior to joining LDK, Ms. Lin was Director of Human Resources at Good Children, a retail chain in China. 

Mr. Yao joined LDK Solar in February 2006. Previously, Mr. Yao held multiple positions in finance and accounting at various companies in China. Mr. Yao received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Anhui University of Accounting in 1993 and an MBA from China Southeast University in 2003. Mr. Yao is a Certified Public Accountant in China.

Mr. Bing Zhu joined LDK Solar as our Chief Strategy Officer in 2010.  Mr. Zhu has over 24 years of finance and related experience. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Board Director at Chemspec International Ltd. and Canadian Solar Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Zhu worked four years in commercial banking and four years at Raytheon Corporation in market development for its commercial electronics, engineering & construction and commercial aircraft divisions in China. Mr. Zhu holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Zhejiang University of Technology in China and a Master of Business Administration degree from China Europe International Business School.