WUXI, China, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cleantech Solutions International, Inc. ("Cleantech Solutions" or "the Company") (NasdaqCM: CLNT), a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies used in various clean technology and manufacturing industries and textile dyeing and finishing machines, announced that on April 24, 2014, its board of directors appointed Mr. Frank Zhao as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Zhao succeeds Mr. Wang Baowen, who resigned as a director of the Company on April 24, 2014. Mr. Wang's resignation did not result from a disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company's operations, policies or practices.
Mr. Zhao has been chief financial officer of China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. since August 2011, having served as executive assistant to the chief executive officer and chief financial officer from September 2010 until July 2011. From July 2006 until August 2010, Mr. Zhao was a senior auditor with Sherb & Co., LLP. While at Sherb, Mr. Zhao was a senior auditor who worked on the audit of the Company's financial statements. From December 2002 to July 2003, Mr. Zhao worked as financial analyst at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Zhao received a bachelor of accounting degree from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China, and his master of Professional Accounting from the University of Washington. Mr. Zhao completed the course work for a PhD in accounting from Florida Atlantic University, but did not complete his dissertation. Mr. Zhao is a CPA and is fluent in both English and Mandarin.
"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Zhao to our board. Given his strong background in accounting and audit at public companies in China, I believe he will provide valuable insight to our board as audit committee chairman. I look forward to working with him," said Mr. Jianhua Wu, Chairman and CEO of Cleantech Solutions. "We would also like to thank Mr. Wang for his contributions to the Company during his tenure on the board."
As a result of the resignation of Mr. Wang, there was a vacancy on the audit, compensation and corporate governance/ nominating committees. These vacancies were filled by the board of directors on April 24, 2014. The composition of the committees is as follows:
Audit committee: Frank Zhao, chairman, Xi Liu and Furen Chen.
Compensation committee: Tianziang Zhou, chairman, Xi Liu and Furen Chen
Corporate governance/ nominating committee: Xi Liu, chairman, Furen Chen and Tianziang Zhou
About Cleantech Solutions International
Cleantech Solutions is a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies, primarily used in clean technology and other industries. The Company supplies forging products, fabricated products and machining services to a range of clean technology customers and supplies dyeing and finishing equipment to the textile industry. The Company's website is www.cleantechsolutionsinternational.com. Any information on the Company's website or any other website is not a part of this press release.
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Elaine Ketchmere, CFA
Compass Investor Relations
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