Jinko's chief strategy officer Herrero resigns

Arturo Herrero, JinkoSolar’s chief strategy officer, and a stalwart at the Chinese solar giant since its 2010 initial public offering, has left the company.

Herrero resigned “for personal reasons” after six years at Jinko, the company says.

Herrero was among the most high-profile Western executives within a tier-one Chinese solar company, sitting only behind chairman Xiande Li, chief executive Kangping Chen and chief financial officer Charlie Cao within Jinko’s pecking order.

He has often been the face of Shanghai-based Jinko at solar conferences around the world.

Herrero is a veteran of the global solar industry, having previously held roles at BP Solar and Trina Solar.

During his time at Jinko, the company listed shares on the New York Stock Exchange and transformed into one of the world’s largest solar manufacturers. In recent years, Jinko has been at the forefront of the trend of Chinese solar manufacturers diversifying into project development and power generation.

In 2013 Jinko became the first major Chinese solar company to rebound to profitability, following the PV industry’s downturn. The company remains profitable, and in 2015 shipped as much as 4.5GW of modules while tying up to 800MW of downstream PV capacity to China’s grid.

“Arturo has been a critical part of JinkoSolar’s success since our IPO and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” says chief executive Chen.