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Suntech Directors Quit Saying Solar Maker Has No Business Plan

Suntech Directors Quit Saying Solar Maker Has No Business Plan

Suntech Power Holdings Co. (STP), the Chinese solar manufacturer whose main unit was pulled into bankruptcy earlier this year, said three directors including the former chairwoman quit saying the company had no business plan. Susan Wang, Julian Worley and Zhizhong Qiu resigned on Aug. 21, saying they weren’t provided with information they needed to fulfill their responsibilities, the Wuxi, China-based company said today in a statement. Michael Nacson replaced Wang as chair, who took the post in March, Suntech said. The resignations highlight the divisions that have plagued the company’s management and come less than six months after Suntech founder Shi Zhengrong was ousted as chairman. Nacson was appointed to the board last month by Suntech’s bondholders.“The matters of concern cited by the resigning directors are demonstrative of disharmony and issues of communication between the executive management and the resigning directors that decreased the efficiency of the board’s decision-making process,” the remaining independent directors Philip Fan, Nacson and Kurt Metzger, said in the statement.

The former directors cited concern about cashflow, a lack of clear business plan and failure to pay lawyers among concerns, Suntech said in the statement. They were also concerned about the potential erosion of internal controls and the impairment of employees’ ability to function effectively.

The biggest unit of Suntech, once the world’s largest solar-panel maker, was forced into bankruptcy in March after the company defaulted on $541 million of bonds.

Nacson, Fan, Metzger, Weiping Zhou, Shi and David King continue to serve as directors of the company, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: James Paton in Sydney at jpaton4@bloomberg.net

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