SAGE Electrochromics, the leading manufacturer of electronically tintable dynamic glass, announced today that it has hired Catherine Zhou to manage its operations in China. Her title will be Vice President, General Manager.
An accomplished executive with multinational and emerging business experience, Zhou comes to SAGE from Solatube CECEP Daylight Technology Co., Ltd., where she was general manager, sales and marketing based in Suzhou, China. In her new position, Zhou will play a key role in SAGE’s goal to dramatically ramp up awareness for the company and sales of SageGlass® in a highly strategic market.
“SAGE is expanding its efforts in the Chinese market at exactly the right time,” observed Zhou. “As China continues to build out its urban centers, architects and building owners are looking for a balance of sustainability and energy efficiency while still advancing bold designs with an abundant use of glass,” she said, adding, “I am excited by the possibilities of SageGlass in this market.”
In her new position, Zhou will establish SAGE’s marketing and sales presence in China; build a national sales team and channel distribution network; and set up marketing, installation, technical support, and customer service functions.
“We are thrilled to have Catherine join our team,” said Hong Mo Yang, SAGE’s Chief Commercial Officer. “China is a very strategic market for our company and we strongly believe Catherine has the right combination of business savvy in-country experience, and professional network that will help us achieve a smart, fast ramp-up as well as long term success.”
Able to tint or clear on demand, SageGlass conserves building energy use and reduces capacity requirements of HVAC systems by providing a simple, sophisticated way to optimize daylight while managing unwanted solar heat gain. SageGlass frees architects to use glass in their building designs, allowing building occupants to enjoy natural light and a view to the outdoors without compromising comfort or energy efficiency. As China continues its torrid pace of development, interest in smart energy use is increasing, creating a natural opportunity for SageGlass.
SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain, is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass manages the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. It can reduce a building’s cooling load by 20% and HVAC requirements up to 30%. It is a smarter, more elegant solution than conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades, blinds and louvers. With SageGlass you can control sunlight and glare without shades or blinds while maintaining the view and connection to the outdoors. SageGlass is manufactured in Faribault, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry,” and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, the world’s largest building materials company.
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