Synutra International, Inc., a leading infant formula company in China and a producer, marketer and seller of nutritional products for infants, children and adults, today appointed Mr. Donghao Yang to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Yang takes over for Mr. Joseph Chow, who has been the interim Chief Financial Officer since November 2009, and who will remain in that role through June 10, 2010, to oversee and complete the Company's fiscal year 2010 reporting period. Mr. Chow has also been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors, effective immediately, and will remain a member of the executive management team in the role of advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Yang, 39, brings to Synutra over 15 years of public company, U.S. GAAP and U.S. capital markets experience. He has held senior executive and managerial positions in various public and private companies, including as CFO, Greater China, of Tyson Foods, Inc. from March 2007 to April 2010, as Finance Director Asia Pacific of Valmont Industries, Inc. from October 2003 to March 2007, and as Director in China Minmetals Brazil Holding Limited from January 1999 to April 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Yang held managerial positions in the export and commodities trading divisions of the China Minmetals Group. Mr. Yang obtained an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Nankai University in 1993.
Mr. Liang Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Synutra stated, "We are delighted to have Mr. Yang join our executive management team. Mr. Yang's corporate management and capital markets experience will prove invaluable to Synutra as we continue to reach our growth objectives and strategic initiatives in the future."
Zhang continued, "Additionally, Mr. Chow's expertise as interim CFO has been a critical component in our profitability plan and we welcome his continued leadership as a new board director and advisor. We believe that Mr. Chow and Mr. Yang enhance Synutra with deep perspectives on corporate governance practices, strategic decision making and experience in the global capital markets."
Mr. Chow has over 16 years of experience in corporate finance, financial advisory and management and has held senior executive and managerial positions in various public and private companies. Prior to joining Synutra, Mr. Chow was managing director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLP from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as an independent financial consultant from 2006 to 2008, as chief financial officer of Harbor Networks Limited from 2005 to 2006, and as chief financial officer of China Netcom (Holdings) Company Limited from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that Mr. Chow also served as the director of strategic planning of Bombardier Capital, Inc., as vice president of international operations of Citigroup and as the corporate auditor of GE Capital. Mr. Chow currently sits on the board as an independent non-executive director for Kasen International Holdings Limited (HK: 496) and for Intime Department Store (Group) Co., Ltd. (HK: 1833) Mr. Chow obtained an MBA from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Nanjing Institute of International Relations.
Mr. Joseph Chow replaces Mr. William Wu, who will stay on as a member of the management team and will no longer serve on the board of directors.
About Synutra International, Inc.
Synutra International Inc. is a leading infant formula company in China. It principally produces, markets and sells its products under the "Shengyuan," or "Synutra," name, together with other complementary brands. It focuses on selling premium infant formula products, which are supplemented by more affordable infant formulas targeting the mass market as well as other nutritional products and ingredients. It sells its products through an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network covering 30 provinces and provincial-level municipalities in China. As of December 31, 2009, this network comprised over 540 distributors and over 1000 sub- distributors who sell Synutra products in over 67,000 retail outlets. Additional information about Synutra International, Inc. can be found at http://www.synutra.com .