Board of Directors and Executive Officers
The table below sets forth a Director’s position on the Board, the membership on the Board’s Committees, and the year first elected or appointed as a Director for each Director of the Company. An asterisk identifies the board members who are Weichai designees.
|Shaojun Sun, Ph.D.*||Chairman of the Board||Compensation; Nominating and Governance||2017|
|Leslie A. Coolidge||Director||Audit (Chair); Compensation||2017|
|Kui Jiang*||Director||Nominating and Governance (Chair); Compensation||2017|
|Kenneth W. Landini||Director||Compensation (Chair); Nominating and Governance||2001|
|Frank P. Simpkins||Director||Audit; Nominating and Governance||2017|
|Simon He||Director||Audit; Nominating and Governance||2019|
The narrative descriptions below set forth the principal occupation, employment, position with the Company, if any, and directorships in other public corporations, for each of the seven Directors. Unless otherwise indicated, each Director has been engaged in the principal occupation or occupations described below for more than the past five years.
Shaojun Sun, Ph.D. has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since April 1, 2017. He is a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees.
Dr. Sun is currently a Director of Weichai Group Holdings Limited (“Weichai Group”), a multi-field and multi-industry international group which owns six business segments of powertrain, intelligent logistics, automotive, construction machinery, luxury yacht, and finance & after-services. Dr. Sun is an Executive Director and Executive President of Weichai Power Co., Ltd., a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and leading global designer and manufacturer of diesel engines, as well as Chairman of Shandong Weichai Import and Export Co., Ltd., a wholesale distributor of industrial machinery and equipment, and Chairman of Weichai (Weifang) New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., an equity investment of Weichai Power. On January 1, 2019, Dr. Sun was appointed a Director of Ballard Power Systems Inc., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchanges that builds fuel cell products. Dr. Sun joined Weifang Diesel Engine Factory in 1988 and held various supervisory positions as a Chief Engineer of Weifang Diesel Engine Factory, and Director of Torch Automobile Group Co., Ltd.
Dr. Sun holds a Senior Engineer degree from Beijing Aviation College and a Doctorate degree in Engineering. Dr. Sun serves on the Company’s Board as a Weichai designee.
Leslie A. Coolidge has served as a Director of the Company since July 13, 2017. She is the Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee.
Ms. Coolidge has over 35 years of public-company financial expertise. She was a national technical director of Riveron Consulting, LLC, a professional-services firm, from 2016 to 2017. From 2013 until 2015, Ms. Coolidge served as a consultant and chief financial officer adviser for Resources Global Professionals, a professional-services firm. From 1981 until 2009, Ms. Coolidge was employed by KPMG LLP (“KPMG”), where she retired as an audit and SEC reviewing partner. At KPMG, Ms. Coolidge led significant global audit engagements, serving major companies with their complex accounting, financial and strategic needs. During her 28 years at KPMG, Ms. Coolidge led client engagement teams auditing SEC registrants and concurrently served as concurring reviewing partner. In addition to her client engagements, she served as a partner in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice as well as the firm’s representative on the American Institute of CPAs’ (“AICPA”) Accounting Standards Executive Committee. Ms. Coolidge serves on the Board of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and previously served on the Board of the International Crane Foundation.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard University and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from New York University. She is a member of the AICPA and a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and New York. Ms. Coolidge qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert” under applicable SEC regulations and has substantial public-company audit experience gained from her tenure as a partner at KPMG LLP.
Kui Jiang has served as a Director of the Company since April 1, 2017. He is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Chair of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. Jiang is a nonexecutive Director of Weichai Power Co., Ltd., a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and leading global designer and manufacturer of diesel engines, and Sinotruk (Hong Kong) Limited, a truck manufacturer. He has held various positions including Chief Engineer and Deputy General Manager of Assembly Department of Shandong Bulldozer General Factory, Deputy General Manager of Shantui Import and Export Company, Deputy Director, Director of Manufacturing Department, Deputy General Manager and Director of Shantui Engineering Machinery Co., Ltd., Deputy General Manager of Shandong Construction Machinery Group Co., Ltd., Executive Deputy General Manager and Vice Chairman of Weichai Group Holdings Limited, Chairman of Strong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and Director of Shandong Heavy Industry Group Co., Ltd. He is now the General Manager of Shandong Heavy Industry Group Co., Ltd., a leading automobile and equipment manufacturing group, supervisor of KION Group AG, a publicly traded global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions, Director of Ferretti International Holdings S.p.A., a leader in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts and pleasure craft, and Chairman of Weichai Ballard Hydrogen Energy Technology Company Limited. On January 1, 2019, Mr. Jiang was appointed a Director of Ballard Power Systems Inc, a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchanges that builds fuel cell products.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Automobile Engineering Department of Tsinghua University and holds a master’s degree in business management from Wright State University. Mr. Jiang serves on the Company’s Board as a Weichai designee.
Kenneth W. Landini has served as a Director of the Company since 2001. He is Chair of the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. Landini has assisted in the development and growth of the business of the Company since 1985. He previously served as the Vice President of Finance for the Company’s subsidiary, Power Great Lakes, Inc., from December 1985 to March 1988 and assisted the Company in establishing distributor relationships and expanding the territories into which the Company provides its power systems. Mr. Landini is a Partner and Co-founder of Landini, Reed & Dawson, P.C., a certified public accounting and consulting firm in southeastern Michigan, which was established in 1988.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan.
Guogang Wu has served as a Director of the Company since August 20, 2019. He is a member of the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Wu has served as the Chief Financial Officer, International Business of the Weichai Group and an affiliate of Weichai America Corp., since 2014. Mr. Wu also serves as a member of the board of directors of Weichai America Corp. and a number of Weichai America Corp. affiliates. Mr. Wu joined Weichai Group in 2012 and previously served as Senior Manager, International Business. Prior to joining Weichai Group, Mr. Wu was employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers in various roles of increasing seniority from 2003 until 2012.
Mr. Wu earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business in July 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Management in March 2003 from School of Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China. Mr. Wu serves on the Company’s Board as a Weichai designee.
Frank P. Simpkins has served as a Director of the Company since July 13, 2017. He is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees.
Mr. Simpkins has over 25 years of executive management and financial experience. From June 2016 to December 2016, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Emerson Network Power, part of Emerson Electric Co. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Simpkins served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kennametal Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of engineered components, advanced materials and cutting tools. Prior to that role, Mr. Simpkins held various positions within Kennametal since 1995. Prior to Kennametal, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1986 to 1995. Mr. Simpkins serves on the Board of Trustees at Seton Hill University, Greensburg and previously served on the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Simpkins qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert” under applicable SEC regulations and has substantial public-company reporting experience gained from his roles as Chief Financial Officer during his career.
Simon He has served as a Director of the Company since November 14, 2019. Mr. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. He has served as director of finance and reporting for Blackthorn Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, since June 2019. Prior to this, Mr. He served as the head of finance at GenapSys, Inc. from 2018 until May 2019. From 2014 until 2018, Mr. He was the finance director of SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed specialty pharmaceutical company with main operations in China. From January to June 2014, Mr. He served as vice president of finance and the controller of Augmedix, Inc., a privately held technology-enabled medical documentation company. From October 2011 to December 2013, Mr. He was employed as vice president of finance at Baidu Leho.com, a private company backed by Baidu, a NASDAQ-listed company.
Mr. He earned his bachelors of science degree in accounting from Beijing University of Technology in July 1992 and his masters of business administration degree from University of Chicago Booth School of Business in December 2006. Mr. He is a U.S. certified management accountant and a China certified public accountant. Mr. He qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert” under applicable SEC regulations and has substantial public-company reporting experience gained from his roles as a financial officer and controller of public companies during his career.