Trina's EU president resigns, prompting management 'restructuring'

Ben Hill, Trina Solar’s long-standing top man in Europe, has unexpectedly left the company, prompting the world’s largest maker of PV modules to restructure its management teams in Europe and Africa.

Trina offered no reason for the resignation of Zurich-based Hill, who has been the company’s president of the Europe region – and a member of the Changzhou-based company’s global management team – since 2011.

Prior to taking on that role, Hill served as Trina’s global head of sales and marketing.

Hill has been with the company since 2009, helping to steer it through a period of tremendous upheaval across the global PV Industry. Among the changes the solar industry has experienced over the past few years has been a substantial decline in the importance of the European market relative to Asia and the Americas.

Hill’s responsibilities will be spread among two people. Effective immediately, RongFang Yin will lead Trina’s Module Business Unit (MBU) in Europe and Africa, while Rafael Esteban will lead the Systems Business Unit (SBU) in EMEA and Latin America.

Yin will report to Zhiguo Zhu, Trina’s chief operating officer and president of its MBU globally.

Esteban will report to Qi Lin, president of Trina’s SBU globally.

Trina, which is profitable, expects to ship at least 4.9GW of modules this year while tying at least 700MW to the grid.