PV super league manufacturer JA Solar said it had appointed a former rival’s senior executive as its US President.
Robert Petrina, most recently the former managing director of Yingli Green Energy Americas has taken on the same role for JA Solar.
Baofang Jin, Chairman and CEO of JA Solar said, “It is a pleasure to welcome Robert to the JA Solar team. Robert's market expertise, extensive business development and operational experience, and outstanding professional track record make him an excellent fit for us. We look forward to his valuable perspective and leadership as we continue to grow our presence and market share across North America.”
As JA Solar's managing director & president, North America, effective immediately, Petrina is to oversee business operations in North America, drive customer growth across the utility, commercial and residential segments, and establish JA Solar as a leading partner in the market.
Prior to joining Yingli, Petrina led global silicon procurement for General Electric's Solar Technologies business unit. He also worked at AstroPower, Inc., spearheading the company's silicon sourcing in Asia, Europe and North America. Petrina also served at Chori America, Inc. where he managed chemical product sales in Latin America.
He also serves on the board of the Solar Energy Industry Association as well as serving on Cornell University's Alumni Advisory Board for Sustainability.
Petrina received his bachelor's degree in Applied Economics and Management and his master's degree in Business Administration from Cornell University, where he was a Park Fellow.
Yingli Green has been struggling to manage huge debts that exceed several billion US dollars but has yet to make any major restructuring plans to offset major liquidity issues and warnings of being de-listed from the NYSE.