Leadership

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Meet Planar's Executive Leadership Team

Zach Zhang

Zach Zhang

President & CEO

Mr. Zhang is President and CEO of Planar. He has been the President of Leyard American Corporation, Leyard's initial North America branch, since 2014. Beginning in 2003, he held various positions at Leyard Optoelectronic Company in Beijing, China, including Vice President, General Counsel, and General Manager. He also has served in various leadership positions at Lucent Technology and ComEd.

Rob Baumgartner

Rob Baumgartner

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Baumgartner joined Planar in 2000 and currently serves as Chief Operations Officer. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in operations, marketing and sales during his tenure at Planar. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Baumgartner held a marketing role a LeCroy Corporation and a variety of engineering and marketing roles at Tektronix. Mr. Baumgartner received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and his Bachelors of Science in Economics with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Adam Schmidt

Adam Schmidt

Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. Schmidt joined Planar in 2001 and currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer. Since joining Planar, Mr. Schmidt has held various customer-facing positions in Customer Service, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Schmidt worked in Marketing at Mentor Graphics, and as a Project Manager for Washington County (OR) Land Use & Transportation. Mr. Schmidt has a Bachelors of Science in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration from Willamette University.

Stephanie Hines

Stephanie Hines

General Counsel

Ms. Hines joined Planar in 2019 as General Counsel. She provides executive leadership and leads the company’s legal, human resources, and IT functions. She is an experienced leader and business-oriented legal advisor. Prior to joining Planar, Ms. Hines worked in-house at Biamp Systems and CLEAResult. Prior to that, she worked in private practice, primarily as a business litigator at Perkins Coie LLP. She graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and received her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Warren Stone

Warren Stone

Vice President, Finance

Mr. Stone joined Planar in 2022 and currently serves as Vice President of Finance. He is an experienced finance leader whose background includes accounting and finance roles at companies ranging from JELD-WEN and NW Demolition to Cinetopia and Oregon Truss. He holds an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University and Masters in Business Administration from American InterContinental University.

Steve Seminario

Steve Seminario

Vice President, Product Marketing

Mr. Seminario joined Planar in 2006 and currently serves as Vice President of Product Marketing. He previously served in product management and product marketing leadership positions at the Company. Prior to joining Planar, Mr. Seminario led product and business development teams at Hewlett-Packard, Apple and Webtrends. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

William Geng

William Geng

Vice President, Strategic Projects

Mr. Geng has been Vice President of Strategic Projects for over 20 years, leading projects for key customers. He has been responsible for the creation and deployment of some the company’s most complex installations around the globe including CNN Studios in Washington DC and Hudson Yards, NBC Studios across the US, multiple NBC Olympic Studios and the stunning 2008 Summer Olympics’ Open Ceremony that featured the memorable huge LED scroll on the ground with five interlocking Olympic rings. Mr. Geng holds a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Engineering and a Masters of Science in Electronic Engineering.

Odair Tremante

Odair Tremante

CEO, Latin America

Mr. Tremante joined the company in 2019, managing the Latin America region. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Tremante has held sales and management positions at leading audio visual companies for over 25 years, including AboutAV, Solutione, Polycom, PictureTel and Siemens. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Presbiteriana Mackenzie.

Thorsten Lipp

Thorsten Lipp

CEO, Europe

Mr. Lipp joined the company in November 2018 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the company’s European division. Prior to joining the company 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.

Mamoru Miura

Mamoru Miura

CEO, Japan

Mr. Miura joined the company in 2014 leading the company’s business in Japan across multiple vertical segments and applications. Mr. Miura held positions in product management, division management and systems engineering roles at Barco. He has been involved in the display business for over 25 years and the LED display business for over 20 years. He holds a degree from Nippon University, Department of Science and Engineering.