News / NN, Inc. Appoints Dr. Shihab Kuran to Board of Directors
NN, Inc. Appoints Dr. Shihab Kuran to Board of Directors
Dr. Kuran Brings Significant Expertise in Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Trends to the Company’s Board
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — NN, Inc., (NASDAQ: NNBR), a diversified industrial company, today announced that Dr. Shihab Kuran has been named to its Board of Directors, effective March 8, 2021.
Dr. Kuran brings nearly three decades of global experience in a broad range of technical and executive roles within the energy industry, with specific focus on renewable energy and smart grid technology. Dr. Kuran is the founder of Power Edison, a company focused on providing innovative mobile energy storage solutions for the grid, and currently serves as President and CEO. He previously served as President of Strategic Development at NRG Energy, Inc., where he led developments of international renewable energy projects as well as the efforts for evolving NRG’s energy storage strategy at the national level. Dr. Kuran also brings significant experience in energy infrastructure, gained from his positions as President of SunEdison Advanced Solutions and as founder of Petra Solar, which pioneered “smart solar” to combine solar energy and smart grid technology.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kuran to our Board and look forward to his contributions to our long-term success,” commented Jeri Harman, Chairman of NN’s Board of Directors. “With such a breadth of executive management and technical expertise surrounding the modernization of the electric grid to incorporate renewable energy resources and smart technologies, we are confident that Shihab will bring fresh insights and perspectives that will help drive NN toward reaching our future goals.”
Dr. Kuran currently serves on the Boards of Enerknol and New York Energy Week as well as the advisory boards of the Charles Edison Fund and the Edison Innovation Foundation. He brings significant experience in raising and deploying capital, including mergers and acquisitions expertise. Dr. Kuran has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan and he is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He is a serial entrepreneur and inventor, publishing more than 40 papers on a variety of topics.
Warren Veltman, NN President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are excited for Shihab to join our Board, particularly with his extensive experience and leadership within the smart grid megatrend that we expect to serve as a catalyst to drive growth opportunities for our Power Solutions business.”
Dr. Shihab Kuran added, “I look forward to my role on NN’s Board, as this opportunity coincides with my personal vision to bring universal access to clean and sustainable sources of energy. I also see great opportunities to leverage the knowledge and network I’ve collected around the smart grid ecosystem to help navigate the evolution of our power systems, from the growth of electric vehicles to the migration toward distributed power and storage.”
Dr. Kuran will assume an open seat on the Board. The Board of Directors is now comprised of eight directors, seven of whom are independent, and maintains a search committee that will complete a process to fill one Director seat that will be open following the retirement of Mr. Steven Warshaw at the 2021 Annual Stockholders Meeting.
About NN, Inc.
NN, Inc., a diversified industrial company, combines advanced engineering and production capabilities with in-depth materials science expertise to design and manufacture high-precision components and assemblies for a variety of markets on a global basis. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, NN has 32 facilities in North America, Europe, South America, and China.
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