FORT LEE, N.J., Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPSI) ("Pioneer" or the "Company"), a company engaged in the manufacture, sale and service of electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment, today announced that Thomas Klink, President of Pioneer's Jefferson Electric Segment and an experienced financial executive, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc., effective January 7, 2016. He succeeds Andrew Minkow, who has resigned from Pioneer, as both an officer and a director, to pursue other professional opportunities.
ost recently, Mr. Klink was President of Jefferson Electric, rising to that position after serving in several positions of increasing responsibility, including chief executive officer, chief financial officer, vice president, treasurer, secretary and chairman of the board of directors. Previously, from 1994 to 1996, Mr. Klink served as a division controller at MagneTek, Inc., a company traded on the NASDAQ, reporting to the corporate controller. His responsibilities with MagneTek included monthly financial reporting, cash flow forecasting, divisional profit and loss forecasts, quarterly financial closing and annual audit activities. In addition to these duties, during his career, he has been responsible for negotiating bank agreements with various lenders, conducting annual audits, overseeing insurance and benefits purchasing, and negotiating material contracts.
Nathan Mazurek, Pioneer's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Tom has been a valuable part of the leadership at our Jefferson Electric unit for many years, and his experience and familiarity with our business makes him the ideal person to lead our finance function going forward. I wish to thank Andrew Minkow for his years of dedicated service to Pioneer, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Mr. Klink added, "Recent organizational changes have positioned Pioneer Power Solutions to deliver profitable growth in 2016 and beyond, making this an exciting time to move into the CFO role. I plan to focus on our bank relationships, stringent financial controls throughout our organization and facilitating profitable growth by maintaining tight expense management processes already in place."
Mr. Minkow has agreed to serve as a consultant to Pioneer for at least 90 days, ensuring a smooth transition. In addition, the Company has retained Chord Advisors, LLC, a highly respected financial consulting firm, to provide additional financial reporting and compliance assistance during the transition.
About Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. manufactures, sells and services a broad range of specialty electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and backup power markets. The Company's principal products and services include custom-engineered electrical transformers, low and medium voltage switchgear and engine-generator sets and controls, complemented by a national field-service organization to maintain and repair power generation assets. Pioneer is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and operates from 14 additional locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for manufacturing, centralized distribution, engineering, sales, service and administration. To learn more about Pioneer, please visit its website at www.pioneerpowersolutions.com.
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Brett Maas, Managing Partner
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