Nanjing, China-based cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has established a US base in the form of a headquarters in San Francisco, which will be known as China Sunergy (US) Clean Tech Inc. The US company’s headquarters was opened on July 14th by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, China Sunergy Chairman Mr. Tingxiu Lu and China Sunergy CEO Stephen Cai.
Willis He has been appointed as CEO of CSUN’s US operations, and will be based in the San Francisco office. Mr. He has over 13 years’ experience studying and working in the US, and comes to the company from MEMC Electronic Materials, where he worked as solar sales director on expanding MEMC’s China-based business. He has an M.B.A. from Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis.
“The U.S. will eventually become one of the largest solar markets in the world,” stated Stephen Cai, CEO of China Sunergy. “We will invest in the US, hire people in the US, and serve customers in the US, under the CSUN brand name. Our strategy is to localize as much as possible.”
Cai continued, “Willis will lead our local recruitment efforts, pursue bankability status with US banks, investigate US manufacturing and project development opportunities, and be the public face of our company in America. This is the right time and the right place for China Sunergy to enter this growing market.”