Solarfun has promoted Dr. Ping Peter Xie from president, to president and CEO, and Zhoumiao Gao to chief operating officer from senior vice president of operations. Gareth Kung will remain in the role of CFO and these three officers will provide senior leadership for the company going forward. All changes are effective immediately.
Yonghua Lu, chairman of Solarfun said, “We are extremely pleased to announce these promotions. Dr. Xie has displayed great leadership in solidifying Solarfun’s management team and strategy, and guiding the steady growth of the company.”
“Mr. Gao has been instrumental in leading Solarfun’s aggressive capacity expansion and vertical integration, and has played a vital role in improving the company’s manufacturing efficiency and reducing processing costs. With these core members of management in place, and with Solarfun’s new strategic partnership with Hanwha Chemical Corporation, we are confident that the Company is moving toward its goal of becoming a leading global supplier of PV products,” continued Lu.
Xie served as the company’s president of China from March 2009 to September 2009, and global president from October 2009 to the present day. He joined the Company in March 2009 from NeoPhotonics where he worked as its global CTO and general manager of China. Xie received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Gao has served as Solarfun’s senior vice president of operations since September 2007 and director on an interim basis from August 2008 to March 2009. Before joining Solarfun, he worked in the semiconductor industry for more than 18 years. Gao holds a bachelor’s degree from Fudan University and an EMBA degree from China European International Business School.
Kung joined Solarfun as CFO in November 2009 from Semiconductor Manufacturing International where he worked as group treasurer and subsequently group controller. Kung earned his MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the National University of Singapore. He is also a certified public accountant in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore as well as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a chartered financial analyst.