The world’s largest module manufacturer, Trina Solar Limited from China has announced a new leadership team for its European subsidiary after its President Ben Hill resigned. On Oct. 27, Trina announced the appointment of RongFang Yin as the regional head of its Module Business Unit in Europe and Africa and Rafael Esteban as the regional head of Systems Business Unit in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Latin America.
Ben Hill served as President, Europe region since July 2012. He also served as Acting Head of Global Sales and Marketing and as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in Europe. He worked with BP Solar for over 10 years. His cumulative experience in the solar industry is 25 years. Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao, commented, “I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Ben Hill for his contributions during his tenure.” Hill’s exit came as surprise to many and so far his further plans are not known.
Yin joined Trina in 2009. Until recently, he was Assistant Vice President, Global Commercial Operations of the company. Previously, he served in senior positions at Flextronics as well as Invensys Asia Pacific for 8 years. In his new position, Yin will lead the regional module business team to better serve European and African customers and help further develop Trina Solar’s leading position in these two regions, stated the official release from Trina. Yin will report to the company’s module business unit (MBU) President, ZhiGuo Zhu.
Esteban has more than 15 years’ experience in the PV industry, including 3 years at Trina Solar, where he served as the head of Project Development and Project Finance Europe and North Africa, as well as 12 years at BP Solar. He will focus on expanding Trina Solar’s project business in these regions and will report to Qin Lin, president of the company’s system business unit (SBU).