Rewarded for Trina's module dominance

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In one of the more notable boardroom appointments announced in the solar industry, Trina Solar has promoted the man responsible for making it the world’s biggest module supplier.

With the Changzhou-based solar giant having claimed that notable achievement in the third quarter of last year, Zhiguo Zhu, the president of its module business unit, has been added to the company’s eight-man board, along with newly-appointred independent director Sean Shao.

According to a statement announcing the move, issued by Trina Solar yesterday (Tuesday) Zhu has been made chief operating officer for the company and will also be handed responsibility for the company’s environmental health and safety management system as well as being tasked with establishing a new performance excellence management set-up in addition to retaining his role with the all-conquering module business.

Zhu, who joined the company in 2011 has also been a senior VP for Trina and was formerly chief financial officer (CFO) for the air conditioning group of Haier Group and VP and China CFO for Lucent Technologies, Qingdao and Howdenhua Engineering company.

The BSc engineering graduate of Tsinghua University obtained his master’s at the University of Shanghai Science and Technology, a postgraduate certificate at Cambridge, in the UK and an MBA at Imperial College, London.

Shao, CFO of Trina from 2006-08, has been brought in as an independent director for his corporate governance expertise. The former CFO of educational services provider ChinaEdu Corp, software security firm Watchdata Technologies Ltd and former Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd., holds a similar role on the boards of five other U.S.-listed Chinese companies and is an arts graduate from East China Normal University who obtained an MA in healthcare administration at UCLA.