ZAP Jonway Appoints 20-Year Chinese Automotive Veteran Zhang Da Qi as General Manager of Jonway Auto/Operations and Sales
FAW Sales Veteran Strengthens Strategic International Sales Efforts
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ZAP Jonway (OTCBB:ZAAP.OB – News), a designer and manufacturer of gasoline and new energy electric vehicles (EVs), appointed Zhang Da Qi as General Manager of Jonway Auto/Operations and Sales. In this role, he will focus on strengthening the company’s marketing and sales organization and its supporting operations. Mr. Zhang reports directly to co-Chief Executive Officer, Wang “Alex” Gang.
Alex Wang, co-Chief Executive Officer of ZAP Jonway, stated: “Zhang brings over 20 years of automotive management experience. He spent fifteen years, working with general manager responsibilities, in one of the automotive divisions of First Auto Works (FAW), ranked third largest in China. He has a proven track record in building up a strong sales team that delivered several tens of thousands of vehicles per year. He also led the sales team during the formative years at Zotye Auto, a private automobile company based in Hangzhou, where he was instrumental in building up sales from scratch in a short couple of years’ time and delivered over 30,000 vehicles per year.”
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SANTA ROSA, California (September 23, 2011) – Today electric vehicle pioneer ZAP Jonway (OTC BB: ZAAP) celebrates its 17th Anniversary in the industry. ZAP’s majority acquisition of Chinese automobile manufacturer Zhejiang Jonway Automobile Co. Ltd. earlier this year (which resulted in the corporation formally doing business as ZAP Jonway), the additions of several new executives, and other structural changes have the company freshly focused in a new direction and prepared for future growth.
Engineering & High-Quality, Volume Manufacturing
The acquisition of Zhejiang Jonway Automobile in January was the first in a series of major positive structural changes for ZAP Jonway, including new management, new vehicles, new technologies, streamlining US operations, and a new overall direction.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with all the beneficial changes we’ve made in the last nine months,” says Alex Wang, Co-CEO of ZAP Jonway. “Now that Jonway and ZAP are operating as one entity, we can leverage the expertise of our Californian sales, marketing and engineering teams, and combine it with the high-quality, volume manufacturing of our China manufacturing facility, making us uniquely poised to become the market leader in practical commercial and consumer electric vehicles.” Read more…
ZAP Jonway Appoints Tony Nie, Formerly of Lotus Engineering, as Vice President of Strategic Business Development
ny (Tianxin) Nie as Vice President of Strategic Business Development overseeing strategic partnerships and key client relationships in China and Asia, as well as General Manager of ZAP Hangzhou Joint Venture, which will be the electric vehicle technical center for ZAP Jonway in China.
Mr. Nie was formerly Director of Sales & Marketing of Lotus in China as well as Lotus Engineering’s leader and founding member for China. He has been with Lotus since 2005, overseeing business development, sales, engineering developments, marketing and public relations in China. A citizen of the People’s Republic of China, he earned a Masters Degree in International Marketing Management from Leeds University Business School in 2003 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Textile Engineering University in 1994.
Responsible for establishing Lotus Engineering in China, Mr. Nie worked on a number of technology projects and engineering designs, including hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs) with range extensions, as well as pure EV designs. He has managed more than 20 different chassis design projects; three engine projects, an
d 15 technology engineering projects. This involved a broad range of products and projects in electric and hybrid vehicle technologies, whole vehicle designs, power-train designs, chassis engineering, energy flow management strategies, vehicle control technologies and vehicle testing processes.
Congratulations to ZAP Jonway Co-CEO Steve Schneider for being listed in the North Bay Business Journal’s list of 46 leaders in the Green Technology business community. Published in the March 21 issue of the North Bay Business Journal, the report highlights 46 North Bay professionals in various fields who have been leading development and implementation of environmentally sustainable technologies, such as solar electric and geothermal energy, erosion control for better stream water quality and energy-efficient construction.
Other notable inclusions to the list, to name just a few, are Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery, Grant Davis of the Sonoma County Water Agency, Greg Fowler of Constellation Wines, Ann Hancock of the Climate Protection Campaign, John Kennedy of Autodesk, and John Schaeffer of Real Goods Solar.
Schneider said his interest in electric cars and green technologies started at an early age. When he was very young, his parents moved the family away from the hectic urban-lifestyle of New York to raise their children on the undeveloped island nation of Roatan off the coast of Honduras. Schneider said he was literally cut off from civilization, with no running water, no electricity, no television, no radio, no roads and no cars. It helped him develop an appreciation for the environment which he still carries to this day. Ironically, his father was the first person to introduce a motor vehicle to Roatan, a moment Schneider remembers fondly and one that apparently made an indelible impression upon him throughout his career. After moving back to the United States, Schneider’s first job was working at an auto dealership at the age of 17.
SANTA ROSA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Electric car pioneer ZAP Jonway (OTC BB:ZAAP.ob – News) and its majority owned subsidiary Jonway Automobile added another member to its finance team following the appointment of Benjamin Zhu as Chief Financial Officer last week. Leo Shan Yongqiang has joined as Deputy CFO effective March 1, 2011 and will assume responsibility of Jonway Automobile in China as part of Benjamin Zhu’s global finance team.
Since 2008, Leo Shan was deputy finance director for Chery Automobile, a leading maker of passenger cars in China. He was also CFO for Chery’s international joint ventures, overseeing finances for Chery’s overseas subsidiaries, including investments in Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Malaysia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Iran. Prior to this he was finance controller in China from 2006 to 2008 for German publisher Wolters Kluer Information & Technology Co., a leading global information services and publishing company. He also served as Senior Auditor from 2003 to 2006 at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Beijing.
“Leo Shan comes with extensive international finance experience and will be helping us manage our international global partnerships and expansions in joint ventures with companies in many countries around the world,” said Mr. Zhu.
“Benjamin Zhu and Leo Shan strengthen the executive finance management team of ZAP Jonway and bring in-depth knowledge of the automobile space as well as broad international market relationships,” said Dr. Priscilla Lu, Chairwoman of ZAP Jonway.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ZAP’s products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, ZAP’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in the ZAP’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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SANTA ROSA, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Electric car pioneer ZAP (OTC Bulletin Board:ZAAP.ob – News), headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, and its majority owned subsidiary Jonway Automobile, are pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin Zhu (Zhu Li Dong) as the Chief Financial Officer of ZAP and Jonway Automobile. Benjamin Zhu joins ZAP and Jonway Automobile March 1st, 2011. William Hartman, current CFO of ZAP will complete the year-end 2010 audits and the consolidated report of ZAP and Jonway Automobile for 1Q2011, while Benjamin Zhu and his team take over 2Q2011.
Since 2009 Benjamin Zhu has served as deputy CFO of Beijing Auto, Foton, one of the largest automobile companies in China, with reported yearly sales volumes of over 700,000 units. He led the group’s operational finance, cost control and overseas partnerships and investments. Prior to this, he served as CFO of Ready Medicine Group, one of the largest medicine distribution and retailing companies with revenues of over 6 billion RMB. As CFO he led mergers and acquisitions and oversaw the IPO of the company in the United States in 2008. He was also the CFO of Chery Auto Group, China’s largest passenger car automaker with reported sales volume of over 680,000 passenger sedans annually. From 2007 to 2008, as CFO he led the IPO of Chery Automobile in China. Prior to this, Mr. Zhu was Audit Manager at Deloitte & Touche and then at Price Waterhouse Coopers for nine consecutive years.
“We welcome Benjamin Zhu as Chief Financial Officer of ZAP Jonway,” said Dr. Priscilla Lu, Chairman of ZAP Jonway and General Partner of Cathaya Capital. “We are bringing a new team of management executives on board to lead the growth of the new, combined ZAP Jonway. Mr. Zhu brings to our company tier one Chinese automobile finance management experience. His extensive international experience will help reinforce our financial growth, and his strong auditor background will help exert the required discipline in financial control, leveraging the knowledge from when he was audit manager at Deloitte and Price Waterhouse.”
“Mr. Zhu’s international finance management experience will help bridge the gap between China and our international team,” said Steve Schneider, Co-CEO of ZAP Jonway. “This is the beginning of an extensive realignment of our management team. While this realignment may be challenging in the short term, it is necessary for the long-term success of our company. Our new company with its new Jonway Automobile revenue base and growth targets requires a new set of leadership to transform ZAP from being technology innovators to world class manufacturers. With Jonway Automobile as part of our ZAP family, and reinforced by executives of top tier caliber like Benjamin Zhu, we can move forward with confidence to grow our business. We are pleased and proud to have him on board.”
“We are pleased and excited to have Benjamin Zhu join our team,” said Alex Wang, Co-CEO of ZAP. “Jonway Automobile is entering the next stage of growth both on the technology front with electric vehicles, as well as entry into international markets. Benjamin Zhu with his strong financial background and global experience will be a vital leader in our team during this growth stage.”
William Hartman, current CFO of ZAP will be supporting this transition through the second quarter of 2011, while Benjamin Zhu and his team take over the financial management for the entire combined company starting in the second quarter. Mr. Hartman will remain as the Corporate Secretary of the Company and operate as financial controller within Benjamin Zhu’s team for ZAP USA.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ZAP’s products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, ZAP’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights and other risks detailed from time to time in ZAP’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.