Aggressive Leadership Drives Longhai Steel, Inc. (LGHS)

Sep. 28, 2012 6:04 PM ET
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Longhai Steel, a rapidly growing producer of steel wire in and for China, has experienced tremendous annual revenue growth over the last few years, from $373,660 in 2009 to over 608,038 in 2011, due in no small part to the company's aggressive executive management team and board of directors.

• Chaojun Wang (Chairman & CEO)
Mr. Wang has served as the Longhai's Chairman and CEO since March 2010 and as CEO of the company's variable interest entity Xingtai Longhai Wire Rod Co., Ltd. since its inception in 2008. He has also served as Chairman of Longhai Steel Group, the company's related party, since 1999. Mr. Wang is also a member of the local parliament and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Enterprise Management. He is currently also serving as Longhai's Interim CFO.

• Steven Ross (Executive VP & Director)
Mr. Ross has over 25 years of senior management experience, ranging from high growth private companies to multi-billion dollar divisions of public enterprises. He is currently Managing Director of MTN Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. Prior to joining MTN, Mr. Ross was CEO of National Investment Managers from 2006 until its sale to a private equity firm in 2011. Under his leadership, the company became the largest independent retirement services company in the country, with over $11 billion in assets under administration and operations in 17 cities in the United States.

• Dr. Michael Grieves (Director)
Dr. Grieves is a world-recognized expert in product lifecycle management, engineering, manufacturing, and information systems, and lectures worldwide on those topics. He has been the Managing Member of Michael W. Grieves, LLC since 2000 and was Research Professor of Oakland University between 2008 and 2009. Dr. Grieves has written extensively in both industry and academic periodicals and has served in executive, managerial, and entrepreneurial roles for over 40 years.

• Jeff Cooke (Director)
Mr. Cooke has been a CEO at multiple early-stage companies, and has held executive positions at Hewlett Packard, Apple Computer, and NEC. Mr. Cooke is currently President and CEO at Global Digital Strategies, Inc., which offers strategic executive leadership and specializes in providing the bridge from strategy to execution, primarily for early-stage companies and those undergoing a significant change in direction.

• Joseph 'Josh' Howell, III (Director)
Mr. Howell is currently Senior VP of Level 3 Communications, a global telecommunications company based in Colorado. Mr. Howell is part of the core team of executives who launched the communications company, listed it on NASDAQ, and helped build the company as it expanded to more than 45 countries. Prior to Level 3, he was Senior VP of MFS Communications, an international telecommunications company which he helped take public as part of the team of executives who built the company into the largest competitive local carrier in the U.S. and Europe.

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