Leadership

Zach Zhang
Zach Zhang - ChairmanChairman, Leyard International

Mr. Zhang is a co-founder of Leyard, and currently serves as Chairman of the Leyard Overseas Board, and the Board of Directors of Planar System Inc. He has been the President of Leyard American Corporation, Leyard's initial North America branch, since 2014. Beginning in 2003, he held various position of Leyard Optoelectronic Company in Beijing, China, including VP purchasing, General Counsel, and General Manager. He also has served in various leadership positions at Lucent Technology and ComEd.

 

Adam Schmidt
Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, and Pro ServicesExecutive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Pro Services

Mr. Schmidt joined the Company in June 2001 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Pro Services. Since joining Planar, Mr. Schmidt has held various customer-facing positions in Customer Service, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales. Prior to joining Planar, Mr. Schmidt worked in Marketing at Mentor Graphics, and as a Project Manager for Washington County (OR) Land Use & Transportation. Mr. Schmidt has a BS in Economics and an MBA from Willamette University.

 

William Geng
William Geng VP, CTOVice President and Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Geng has been Vice President of Leyard Optoelectronic Co. Ltd for 20 years and most recently worked in the overseas business group managing technical development, research, customer service, technical support, project management, quality, and research and development, overseeing all technical aspects of the company to achieve the company’s strategic business plans. Mr. Geng has a BS in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and an MS in Electronic Engineering from the Chinese Academy of Science.

 

Samantha (Sam) Phenix
Samantha -Phenix -VP-Research -DevelopmentVice President, Research and Development

Ms. Phenix joined the Company in April 2014 and currently serves as the Vice President of Research and Development. Prior to joining, Ms. Phenix spent 13 years in a variety of engineering roles, including Director of Engineering and Site Manager for Barco’s Medical Imaging Division. More recently, she has held strategic marketing and business development roles with both Dell and Intel. Ms. Phenix holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland and an MBA from Concordia University.

 

Rob Baumgartner
Rob -Baumgartner -VP-Global -OperationsVice President, Global Operations

Mr. Baumgartner has been with the Company since July 2000 and currently serves as the Vice President of Global Operations for Leyard’s international business and Planar, a Leyard company. He has served in a variety of marketing, sales and operations roles during his tenure at Planar. Prior to joining, Mr. Baumgartner held a marketing role a LeCroy Corporation and a variety of engineering and marketing roles at Tektronix. Mr. Baumgartner received his BS in Electrical Engineering and his BS in Economics with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Ryan Gray
Ryan -Gray -CFO-VPVice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gray joined the Company in 2005 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Planar, a Leyard company. Mr. Gray has held various positions inside the Company including Director of Finance for worldwide operations, Corporate Treasurer, Vice President and Corporate Controller, and Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Planar, Mr. Gray has held significant financial planning and analysis, business partnering and treasury positions at Sequent Computer Systems, Radisys, Merant plc and Tektronix. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Portland.

 

Thorsten Lipp
Thorsten Lipp COO, Iterim CEOChief Operating Officer & Interim Chief Executive Officer, Leyard Europe

Mr. Lipp joined the Company in November 2018 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer of Leyard Europe. Prior, Mr. Lipp served as a member of the executive board of Production Resource Group Germany (PRG AG), the world’s leading supplier of technology and services for live events and entertainment. Mr. Lipp was also co-founder and managing director of XL Solutions (part from XL Video Group), which was acquired by PRG in 2015.

 

Norman Lao
Norman Lao, Vice President, Leyard AsiaVice President, Leyard Asia

Mr. Lao joined Leyard in April, 2012 managing the Asia Pacific region, having served in sales and management positions for over 30 years in multi-national and publically-listed companies like RJ Reynolds, Hayes Modems, Imagineering (Australia), and Lighthouse Technologies.  He earned a marketing diploma from Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Mamoru Miura
CEO, Leyard Japan

Mr. Miura joined Leyard in April 2014 leading the company’s business in Japan across multiple vertical segments and applications.  Prior to joining Leyard, he held product management, division management and systems engineering roles at Barco headquarters in Belgium, Hibino, and Barco Japan. He has been involved in the display business for twenty-five years and LED for over two decades.  He holds a degree from Nippon University, Department of Science and Engineering.

 

Faith A Dubin
Faith A. Dubin  - VP, Leyard International Group, Human ResourcesVice President, Human Resources

Ms. Dubin joined the company in 2011 and manages all hiring, compensation and human resources activities for the geographic locations of the Leyard International Group outside of mainland China. Prior to joining, she held management positions at Serena, Merant, Adidas, Pacific Mutual, and a large lumber company. She graduated with honors from Rutgers University, with a degree in Political Science. She received a gubernatorial appointment to the Employment Department Advisory Council for the State of Oregon, where she served from 2004-2007. Ms. Dubin also taught the Benefits Management class in the HR Certificate Program at Portland State University for over a decade.

 

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