SHENYANG, China, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. (NASDAQ: APWR) ("A-Power"), a leading provider of distributed power generation systems in China and a manufacturer of wind turbines, today announced that Mr. Kin Kwong (Peter) Mak, A-Power's Chief Financial Officer, will come to the end of his extended service contract on July 15, 2011.
The Company also announced that Mr. Michael Zhang, the Company's Vice President for Strategic Planning, Internal Audit, and Internal Control, and recently elected to the Company's board of directors, will also serve as interim CFO, effective July 15, while the Company conducts a search to fill the CFO position. As interim CFO, Mr. Zhang will oversee the Company's financial operations and financial reporting.
Mr. Mak was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2009. His two-year contract had been extended 1.5 months to July 15, 2011. Mr. Mak said, "I am grateful for the Company's support of my work. As agreed, the extension of my service contract term until July 15 is coming to an end. I wish every success to Chairman Lu and to A-Power."
Mr. Jinxiang Lu, A-Power's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We understand Peter's desire to continue his career in another direction, and we wish him well."We are very fortunate to have an officer of Michael Zhang's high caliber and great experience in financial reporting available to step in as interim CFO as we work together to select our new auditor, complete the audit of our 2010 financial results, and then resume our regular financial reporting." Mr. Zhang, age 42, joined A-Power in January 2010 as Vice President, initially for the design, implementation, and management of the Company's internal and disclosure controls systems, and later his scope was expanded to include internal audit, strategic planning, and the integration of the Company's Evatech Co. Ltd. solar equipment manufacturing subsidiary in Japan. He has more than 18 years of experience in internal audit, internal controls, corporate governance, and risk management related services. Mr. Zhang's professional experience includes assisting listed issuers with the preparation of their US GAAP financial statements. Prior to joining A-Power, Mr. Zhang was Executive Director of Business Risk Services with Ernst & Young ( China) Advisory Limited from August 2007 through May 2009. Previously he was Director of Enterprise Risk Services at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd. from April 2005 through May 2007, where his responsibilities included the provision of internal control (Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404) consulting services to a variety of corporate clients. Mr. Zhang earlier served with Lenovo Group Ltd. for more than four years as director of internal audit and internal controls and with China National Petroleum Corporation for seven years as an internal auditor and, initially, as a software engineer. Mr. Zhang is a Certified Internal Auditor and a past member of the Internal Auditing Standards Board of The Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr. Zhang graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelor's Degree in Computational Mathematics. He received an MBA in Finance from Hong Kong Chinese University. Since November 2010, Mr. Zhang has been an independent director and audit committee chairman on the Board of Directors of China Shengda Packaging Ltd., a Nasdaq-listed China-based paper packaging company that has no relationship with A-Power. Since September 2009, he has served as an independent director in Beijing Kingstar Consulting Firm Limited, a development-stage consulting firm that has no relationship to A-Power. Since May 2009, he has served as an independent director of Well-Tech ( Changzhou) Electronic Technology Co., Ltd., a provider of mechanical manufacturing services that has no relationship to A-Power. Mr. Zhang was elected as a director of A-Power, effective on June 8, 2011. About A-Power A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. ("A-Power"), through its China-based operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of distributed power generation systems in China and is expanding into the production of alternative power generation systems. Focusing on energy-efficient and environmentally friendly distributed power generation projects of 25 to 400 megawatts, A-Power also operates one of the largest wind turbine manufacturing facilities in China. A-Power acquired Evatech Co. Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of industrial equipment for amorphous-silicon photovoltaic panels, in January 2010. In addition to the establishment of strategic relationships with some of the world's leading wind energy design and engineering companies, A-Power has formed joint research programs with Tsinghua University and the China Academy of Sciences to develop and commercialize other renewable energy technologies.
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