Board of Directors and Executive Officers
Directors and 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. It also identifies the board members who are Weichai designees.
|Shaojun Sun, Ph.D.*||Chairman of the Board||Compensation; Nominating and Governance||
|Leslie A. Coolidge||Director||Audit (Chair)||
|Kui Jiang*||Director||Nominating and Governance (Chair); Compensation||
|Kenneth W. Landini||Director||Compensation (Chair); Nominating and Governance||
|Frank P. Simpkins||Director||Audit||
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, and was appointed as a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees.
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. 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 TSX 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.
He holds a Senior Engineer degree from Beijing Aviation College and a Doctorate degree in Engineering. Dr. Sun serves on our 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.
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, 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 Chairman 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 TSX 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 our 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. On August 7, 2017, Mr. Landini was elected as the Chair of the Compensation Committee. He is also a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
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.
Huisheng Liu has served as a Director of the Company since February 15, 2018 as well as a member of the Compensation Committee since July 17, 2018.
Mr. Liu has served as a 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. Mr. Liu also serves as a Director of Shantui Construction Machinery Co., Ltd, a construction equipment manufacturer, and Vice General Manager of Shandong Heavy Industry Group Co., Ltd., a leading automobile and equipment manufacturing group, in charge of corporate management systems development and business operation control. Mr. Liu joined Weichai in 1989 and, in addition to the aforementioned, held various positions, including Director of Chongqing Weichai Diesel Engine Factory and General Manager of Weichai Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd., a listed company on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Hefei University of Technology, China. Mr. Liu serves on our 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 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. 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 and is a certified public accountant. 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.
Executive Officer Biographies:
John P. Miller was appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President effective May 17, 2017.
Mr. Miller has over 35 years of broad-based executive management experience in the manufacturing, distribution and transportation industries in both public and private equity companies. From 2008 until 2016, he served in operational and financial management positions of increasing responsibility at Navistar International Corporation, a global manufacturer of commercial and military trucks, school buses, diesel engines and provider of service parts for trucks and diesel engines, and most recently, from 2014, as a Senior Vice President of Operations and Corporate Finance. Mr. Miller’s prior positions at Navistar included Vice President and General Manager for specialty business as well as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for engine and parts. Prior thereto, he served in the role of Chief Financial Officer of Laidlaw Education Service, a provider of public transportation services, Chicago Metallic Corporation, a global manufacturer of suspended ceiling and metal products, Fleetpride, Inc., a distributor of heavy-duty truck parts, and Peapod, an online grocery delivery company.
Mr. Miller received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from DePauw University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Charles F. Avery, Jr. was appointed as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer on July 31, 2017.
Mr. Avery has over 30 years of financial, information technology and strategic leadership experience in the industrial, manufacturing, distribution and consumer products industries at various public companies and has also served both private and public companies during his tenure in public accounting. From 2013 until 2016, he served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, at FreightCar America, Inc., a designer and builder of railroad freight cars, supplier of railcar parts and provider of railcar leasing. Prior to that role, from 2005 until 2013, he served in financial and information technology leadership positions, including as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Information Officer, at Federal Signal Corporation, a global designer and manufacturer of safety, signal and communications equipment and environmental and firefighting vehicles, serving governmental and commercial customers. Earlier in his career, he served in financial leadership roles at Home Products International, Inc. and in audit and business advisory roles at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Mr. Avery received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Accountancy and Computer Information Systems from Ferris State College and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is a certified public accountant.
Kenneth J. Winemaster was appointed as Executive Vice President on November 28, 2017.
Mr. 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. Mr. Winemaster has significant management experience setting strategy and supporting operations and customer service.
William A. Buzogany has served as the Company’s General Counsel, Vice President of Human Resources and Executive Officer since January 11, 2018.
Mr. Buzogany served as the General Counsel since September 1, 2016. Mr. Buzogany previously served as Chief Legal Officer and Vice President of Human Resources since February 2014. Prior to this role, Mr. Buzogany was a Founding Partner of the law firms of Buzogany and Associates, LLC and Buzogany, Marks and Mueller, LLC as well as President of Vital Products, Inc., a medical equipment company.
Mr. Buzogany has practiced law for 30 years focused in commercial litigation in the areas of healthcare, employment, business, contract, real estate and construction laws. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Jason Lin was appointed as the Company’s Chief Technical Officer on June 14, 2019.
Mr. Lin was appointed as the Company’s CTO on June 14, 2019. As CTO, Lin will be responsible for the oversight and management of the Advanced Product Development group, Design Engineering group, Applied Engineering group, Emissions & Certification group, On-highway engineering group, and aspects of program management/research and development as well as product strategic planning.
Mr. Lin has over three decades of Engineering and Executive Management experience in the engine development and manufacturing industries. 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. 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 Navistar International Corporation, in engineering management positions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lin was employed in engineering positions by Cummins Engine 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.
Donald P. Klein has served as the Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer since May 14, 2018.
Mr. Klein has over 20 years of experience in the areas of finance and accounting, including SEC reporting, accounting policies and procedures and internal controls. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Assistant Corporate Controller at Littelfuse, Inc., a publicly traded company, 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 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 and is a certified public accountant.