New Energy Systems Group Announces Senior Executive Changes
SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ — New Energy Systems Group (NYSE Amex: NEWN) (“New Energy” or the “Company”), a vertically-integrated original design manufacturer and distributor of lithium ion batteries and consumer branded backup power systems, announced that Mr. Paul Li, who was scheduled to become the new Chief Financial Officer on August 16th, will not join the Company due to personal reasons. Mr. Junfeng Chen, who was slated to step down from the Chief Financial Officer position on the same day Mr. Li started, will continue to serve as the Company’s interim CFO until a permanent CFO is secured.
Separately, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nian Chen, announced his resignation effective August 19, 2011 due to poor performance by the Company. The Board of Directors (“the Board”) has accepted Mr. Chen resignation and appointed Mr. Weihe Yu, New Energy’s Chairman, to the CEO position. The Board will evaluate Mr. Yu’s performance at the end of 2011 and determine whether any changes are warranted.
According to the employment agreement signed by Mr. Li and the Company on June 20, 2011, Mr. Li would become New Energy’s permanent Chief Financial Officer effective August 16, 2011. However, due to personal reasons that arose subsequent to June 20, 2011, Mr. Li has decided not to join the Company. There were no disagreements between Mr. Li and the Company or any officer or director of the Company which led to Mr. Li’s resignation.
New Energy Chairman, Mr. Weihe Yu said, “We regretfully accept Mr. Li’s and Mr. Chen’s resignations and wish them the best. The board will start the search for a new permanent CFO shortly. In the interim, we have the utmost confidence that Mr. Chen will continue to help us maintain sound financial and operating controls.”
Chairman, Mr. Yu continued, “My primary focus as Chairman and CEO will be to reinvigorate profitable growth in our AnytoneÃ‚® batteries business. While we have already taken aggressive measures to reverse the negative impact from counterfeit products, we will redouble our efforts in product development, sales and marketing and quality controls to ensure this is a healthy and growing business.”
About New Energy Systems Group
New Energy Systems Group is a vertically integrated original design manufacturer and distributor of lithium ion batteries and backup power systems for leading manufacturers of mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, MP3s and a variety of other portable electronics. The Company’s end-user consumer products are sold under the AnytoneÃ‚® brand in China while it’s commercial and OEM batteries and battery components are sold under New Power and E’Jenie. The fast pace of new mobile device introductions in China combined with a growing middle class make it fertile ground for New Energy’s end-user consumer products, as well as its high powered, light weight lithium ion batteries. In addition to historically strong organic growth, New Energy is expected to benefit from economies of scale, broader distribution and higher profit margins in 2011. Additional information about the company is available at: www.newenergysystemsgroup.com.
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