Leadership

Zach Zhang

Zach Zhang
President & CEO

Mr. Zhang is President of 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 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.

Rob Baumgartner

Rob Baumgartner
Vice President, Global Operations

Mr. Baumgartner has been with Planar since July 2000 and currently serves as the Vice President of Global Operations. He has served in a variety of marketing, sales and operations roles 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 BS in Electrical Engineering and his BS in Economics with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan Gray

Ryan Gray
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gray joined Planar in 2005 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Gray has held various positions at Planar, including Director of Finance for worldwide operations, Corporate Treasurer, Vice President and Corporate Controller as well as Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining the company, 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.

Steve Seminario

Steve Seminario
Vice President, Product Development

Mr. Seminario joined Planar in 2006 and currently serves as Vice President of Product Development. 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.

Adam Schmidt

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

Mr. Schmidt joined Planar 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 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 BS in Economics and an MBA from Willamette University.

Stephanie Hines

Stephanie Hines
General Counsel

Ms. Hines joined Planar in 2019 as General Counsel and manages the legal and human resources 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.

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 BS in Electronic Engineering and an MS in Electronic Engineering.

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.

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Norman Lao
Vice President, Asia Pacific

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

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.