Mr. Lamadrid has been the Chairman of SES since April 2005. Since 2001, Mr. Lamadrid has been the Managing Director of Globe Development Group, LLC, a firm that specializes in the development of large scale energy, power generation, transportation and infrastructure projects in China and provides business advisory services and investments with a particular focus on China. Mr. Lamadrid has also been a Director of Flow International Corporation since January 2006. Mr. Lamadrid has been a member of the International Advisory Board of Sirocco Aerospace, an international aircraft manufacturer and marketer, since mid-2001. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arthur D. Little, a management and consulting company, from 1999 to 2001, as President of Western Resources International, Inc. from 1996 through 1999 and as Managing Director of The Wing Group from 1993 through1999. The Wing Group was a leading international electric power project-development company that was sold to Western Resources in 1999. Prior to that, he was with General Electric from 1984 to 1993 serving as corporate officer, Vice President and General Manager at GE Aerospace for Marketing and International Operations, and as General Manager of Strategic Planning and Business Development or GE's International Sector. Prior to joining GE, Mr. Lamadrid was a senior Manager at the Boston Consulting Group where he worked from 1975 to 1984. Mr. Lamadrid holds a dual bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and Administrative Sciences from Yale University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Rigdon, who served as President, CEO and Director of SES from 2009 until February 2016, has been the Vice Chairman of SES since February 2016. Mr. Rigdon joined SES in 2008, as Senior Vice President of Operations and was subsequently promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation and operation of the SES’s coal gasification projects worldwide. From June 2004 until joining SES, Mr. Rigdon worked for GE’s gasification business in a variety of capacities, including Manager of Gasification Engineering, Director of IGCC Commercialization, and Director of Gasification Industrials and Chemicals Business. For the previous 23 years, Mr. Rigdon worked for Texaco, and later ChevronTexaco in the Worldwide Power & Gasification group, where he served as Engineering Manager, Project Director and later as Vice President of Gasification Technology for the business prior to the acquisition by GE. Mr. Rigdon is a Mechanical Engineer with a B.S. from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Mr. Rubin has been a Director since August 2006. Mr. Rubin is currently Chairman of Henmead Enterprises, in which capacity he advises various companies regarding strategy, acquisitions and divestitures. He currently serves as a Director of Image-Metrics Plc, and has held board positions at a number of private and public companies such as the A&E Network, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video and the Genisco Technology Corporation. He was a founding partner of the Boston Beer Company. In the 12 years prior to 2006, Mr. Rubin held various senior management roles in the computer software industry, including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Atari, and President of International Operations and Chief Financial Officer for GT Interactive Software. Mr. Rubin entered the computer software business in 1993 when he became Executive VP for GT Interactive Software as a start-up company, and played a leadership role in GT's progression as the company went public in 1995 and became one of the largest industry players. Prior to 1993, he held various senior financial and general management positions at RCA, GE and NBC. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School.
Mr. Slavich has served as a Director since November 2005 and currently serves as the Chairman of our Audit Committee. Mr. Slavich has over 35 years of experience in large scale power generation development. He is currently an international consultant to a number of U.S. and China-based companies engaged in cross border transactions, as well as an advisor and board member for a number of additional firms. From 1998 to 2000 Mr. Slavich was the CFO and director of KMR Power Corporation and was responsible for the development of an international IPP company that developed projects in Columbia as well as other areas. From 2000 until 2002, he served as Vice President and CFO of BigMachines Inc., a software company, and from 2001 until the present, he has served as Chairman of Leading Edge Technologies, a desalination technology company, and has recently served as its CEO. Mr. Slavich also served as acting President for Kellogg Development Corporation, a division of M.W. Kellogg, during 1997. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Slavich was also a Vice President of Marketing for Flour Daniel. From 1971 to 1991, Mr. Slavich served in various executive positions at Bechtel Corporation including Sr. VP, CFO, and director and Sr. VP and manager of the International Power Division. Mr. Slavich received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Xu has served as one of SES' Directors since February 2010. Mr. Xu founded CXC Capital, Inc. and CXC China Sustainable Growth Fund in 2008. He was a private investor in growth companies in the natural resources sector, a developer of residential real estate properties in Shanghai, and an Advisory Director of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from 2005 to 2008. From 1997 to 2005, he was the Head of China for Goldman Sachs. Earlier, Ziwang Xu worked for Morgan Stanley, first in New York and then in China where he headed China from 1995 to 1997. His early career includes four years in Toronto and New York with the Bank of Montreal and two years with China Construction Bank in Shanghai.
Ziwang received a Bachelor of Arts degree from East China Normal University in 1982 and a Masters in Economics from Fudan University in 1985. He completed his Master of Arts in International Business Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts (USA) in 1988.
Ziwang Xu is an Advisory Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, an Honorary Fellow at the Dunhuang Research Institute, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Vice Chairman of the Alumni Association of Economics and Finance at Fudan University, a Board Member of Guangcai 49 Group, a Council Member of Shanghai Comprehensive Economy Studies Council, a member of the Board of Overseers at Tufts University, and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Xi Wai International School.
Mr. Brown has served as a Director since July 2014. He has led 20 different operating businesses and more than two dozen factories around the world in a wide variety of industrial and consumer product categories. Mr. Brown was most recently President, Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Flow International Corporation, from 2007 until its sale in 2014. Prior to joining Flow, he served as President and COO of Pentair Pump, Pool & Spa Divisions, 2005-2006; President and COO of Pentair Tools Group, 2003-2004, and President and General Manager of Masco Corporation’s Aqua Glass Corp., 1996-2003. Mr. Brown is a former board member of Improvenet, Inc., as well as Flow International Corp., and he is co-founder of Creating Young Minds, a non-profit organization. Mr. Brown holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. degree in Economics and Government from Cornell University.
Ms. Fair, who is the President and CEO of SES, has served as a Director since March 2016. Ms. Fair is one of the world’s leading experts in clean energy gasification technology commercialization, and IGCC power generation technology. Her 25-year gasification career spans leadership positions with GE Energy and Chevron/Texaco. Prior to joining the SES executive team in December 2014, Ms. Fair was General Manager of Engineering for GE’s Global Gasification Business from 2011-2014. In this role, she managed all global business development support, execution of customer orders, new product development, services, and project management, while leading a global team of 135 engineers based in the U.S., India, and China with an annual engineering budget of over $30 million. Ms. Fair was appointed the first female Chief Consulting Engineer for GE Energy in 2008. Ms. Fair has been involved in design, startup and technical support for nearly half of the IGCC power generated in the world today. Ms. Fair received her M.S. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas.