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|
|Kenneth W. Landini||Director||Audit||2001|
|Guogang Wu*||Director||Compensation (Chair)||2019|
|Frank P. Simpkins||Director||Audit (Chair); Nominating and Governance||2017|
|Simon He||Director||Audit; Compensation||2019|
|Xinghao Li*||Director||Nominating and Governance (Chair)||2020|
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. In addition, he is a member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee.
Dr. Sun is currently a Director of Weichai Group Holdings Limited, 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 (“Weichai Group”). Dr. Sun has been an Executive Director since December 2002 and Executive President since October 2007 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 (“Weichai Power”), as well as Chairman of Shandong Weichai Import and Export Co., Ltd., a wholesale distributor of industrial machinery and equipment. 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 Master’s degree from Beihang University and a Doctorate degree in Engineering from Tianjin University. Dr. Sun serves on the Board as a Weichai designee.
Kenneth W. Landini has served as a director of the Company since 2001 and assisted in the development and growth of the business of the Company since 1985. Mr. Landini is a member of the Audit Committee. From August 7, 2017 to January 19, 2021, Mr. Landini was the Chair of the Compensation Committee. He also served as a member of the Nominating Committee from April 2017 to January 19, 2021.
Mr. Landini 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. Mr. Landini qualifies as an “Audit Committee Financial Expert” under applicable SEC regulations and has substantial audit experience gained from his tenure as a partner at a certified public accounting and consulting firm.
Guogang Wu has served as a director of the Company since August 20, 2019. Since January 19, 2021, he has been the Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Since February 2021, Mr. Wu has served in a finance planning and analysis role at Beijing Bytedance Network Technology Co., Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Wu served as the Chief Financial Officer, International Business of Weichai Group, an affiliate of Weichai America Corp., from 2014 to January 2021. 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 Board as a Weichai designee.
Frank P. Simpkins has served as a director of the Company since July 13, 2017. Since January 19, 2021, he has been the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Simpkins is also a member of the Nominating Committee.
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., a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Simpkins served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kennametal Inc., a publicly-traded company on the NYSE and 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 as a Manager 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 and Compensation Committees.
Mr. He has served as Associate Director, Financial Planning & Analysis for CytomX Therapeutics (“CytomX”), a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company, since February 2021, and previously served as a Consultant to CytomX beginning in February 2020. Previously, Mr. He served as Director of Finance and Reporting for Blackthorn Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, from June 2019 to December 2019. Prior to that, 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.
Xinghao Li has served as a director of the Company since 2020. Since January 19, 2021, he has been the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Mr. Li is currently General Counsel and Head of Legal Affairs and Securities Department of Weichai Power, a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and General Counsel and Head of Legal Affairs and Securities Department of the Weichai Group. He has held both positions since January 2020. Previously, Mr. Li held the position of Secretary of the Board of Directors of Ferretti S.p.A., a multinational yacht building company from August 2015 to December 2019. He was also the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Ferretti International Holdings S.p.A., the parent company of Ferretti S.p.A., from August 2015 to December 2019. In March 2020, Mr. Li was appointed to the Board of Directors of Ferretti S.p.A. and Ferretti International Holdings S.p.A. He has experience assisting boards of directors and executive officers in significant merger and acquisition and initial public offerings projects. Mr. Li also has experience in coordinating between boards and shareholders.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Law School of China University of Political Science and Law. Mr. Li also has a Master’s degree in Law from the Law School of Central University for Nationalities. Mr. Li serves on the Board as a Weichai designee.
Sidong Shao has served as a director of the Company since 2020.
Mr. Shao is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Weichai America Corp. (“Weichai America”), which focuses on researching, developing and manufacturing a full line of off-road natural gas engines and engine components. Weichai America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Weichai Power Co., Ltd., a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. From May 2012 to April 2018, Mr. Shao was President of Weichai Westport Inc., a joint venture between Weichai Power and Westport Fuel Systems Inc., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchanges, that manufactures and sells alternative-fuel engines for automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, power generation and shipping applications.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Energy and Power Engineering from Shandong University. Mr. Shao also holds a Master’s degree in Power Engineering from Tianjin University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Missouri State University. Mr. Shao serves on the Board as a Weichai designee.
Lance Arnett was appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President effective February 15, 2021.
Mr. Arnett previously served as the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer since November 18, 2019. Prior to joining the Company, from January 2009 to November 2019, he worked at Cummins Inc., a publicly traded company on the NYSE that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of power solutions. During his tenure, he served in various capacities for Cummins Central Region in Minnesota, most recently serving as Director and Chief of Staff of their North American OEM Performance Cell. In this capacity, he oversaw direct strategy for their North American business including sales, engineering, assembly and upfit, pricing, marketing, and customer support. His previous roles at Cummins Central Region include serving as Interim President, Vice President of OEM business, Vice President of OEM and Customer Care and Executive Director of Operational Effectiveness. Prior thereto, from 2006 to 2009, he worked as Business Development Manager for PreVisor, Inc. and, from 2001 to 2006, he served as Director, Franchise Sales and Development at Mighty Distributing System of America (Mighty Auto Parts). Earlier in his career, he served in management and sales roles within the staffing industry.
Mr. Arnett received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Kenneth J. Winemaster Kenneth J. Winemaster joined the Company in December of 1985 and was a founder of the Company with his father Bill and brother Gary. He was appointed as Executive Vice President on November 28, 2017Mr. Winemaster served as the Company’s Senior Vice President from 2001 to 2017 and also served as the Company’s Secretary from 2001 to 2013. In addition, Mr. Winemaster served as a director of the Company from 2001 to 2011. He has served on the Board of Directors of Avon Old Farms School, an independent boarding school in Connecticut, since 2014. He served on the Caterpillar Industrial Strategy Council from 2001 to 2015, a council that developed market strategy for Perkins Distributors and CAT Dealers in North America. Mr. Winemaster has significant management experience setting strategy and supporting operations, supply chain and customer service.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Winemaster attended Michigan State University.
Jason Lin Jason C. Lin was appointed as the Chief Quality Officer on March 15, 2021 after serving as Chief Technical Officer since June 2019. His role as Chief Quality Officer includes the oversight of the Company’s Total Quality System, including setting up corporate wide quality structure, processes and organizations, including the central quality group and each related functional area; building close loop measures and continuously improving processes with selected tools, and reducing warranty expenses and increasing customer satisfaction. Mr. Lin served as a member of the Company’s Board from May 2017 until June 2019. From 2009 to July 2016, Mr. Lin served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Société Internationale des Moteurs Baudouin, a France-based marine engine manufacturing subsidiary of Weichai Power Co., Ltd., a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. During this tenure, he also served as an Executive Technical Director and adviser to the Chairman of Weichai Power Co., Ltd. From February 2001 to July 2006, Mr. Lin was employed by International Truck and Engine Corporation, a truck, bus and diesel engine manufacturer subsidiary of NYSE-listed Navistar International Corporation, in engineering management positions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lin was employed in engineering positions by Cummins Engine Company, a NYSE-listed company and worked in Japan for Komatsu-Cummins Engine Company as Vice President.
Mr. Lin received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and his Master of Science degree and PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Mr. Lin previously served as a member of the Company’s Board from May 2017 to June 2019.
Donald P. Klein has served as the Chief Financial Officer since January 19, 2021 and as the Principal Accounting Officer since May 14, 2018.
Mr. Klein previously served as PSI’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from July 20, 2020 to January 19, 2021 and PSI’s Corporate Controller from May 14, 2018 to July 20, 2020. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Assistant Corporate Controller at Littelfuse, Inc., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ, with customers in the electronics, automotive and industrial markets with products that include fuses, semiconductors, polymers, ceramics, relays and sensors. Prior to that role, from 2008 to 2017, Mr. Klein served in various positions of increasing responsibility within finance and accounting, including most recently as Assistant Corporate Controller, at Navistar International Corporation, a NYSE-listed global manufacturer of commercial and military trucks, school buses, diesel engines and provider of service parts for trucks and diesel engines. Prior to Navistar, he worked for Hewitt Associates as Manager of External Reporting and at Ernst & Young LLP as a senior manager of assurance and advisory services.
Mr. Klein holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and is a certified public accountant.
Dino Xykis was appointed as the Chief Technical Officer on March 15, 2021.
Mr. Xykis is responsible for the oversight of the Company’s advanced product development, engineering design and analysis, on-highway engineering, applied engineering, emissions and certification, Waterford, Michigan engineering operations, program management and product strategic planning. Since joining the Company in 2010 and until his appointment as Chief Technical Officer in March 2021, Mr. Xykis served as Vice President of Engineering for the Company. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in multi-disciplined engineering areas including senior management and executive positions at various companies including Cummins Inc., an NYSE-listed company, and Generac Power Systems, an NYSE-listed company. Mr. Xykis also served as Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and previously served on the audit and compensation committees of the Board of Directors of Image Sensing Systems, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ, from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Xykis has also served on the advisory board of CEGE, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota for the past eight years.
Mr. Xykis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering, a Master’s degree in Vibration/Dynamics, and a PhD. in Structural/Applied Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.