NOVA Lifestyle Inc. Appoints Lam As Interim CEO
Moving forward despite its Nova Lifestyle, Inc, through its Board of Directors (BOD) hails as its new Ms. Thanh H. Lam as the Company's interim CEO, Oct. 7.
Notably, Nova Lifestyle, Inc BOD. received a letter of resignation from Mr.Ya Ming Wong, the Company's Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board last On October 3, 2016. Such resignation was filed effective immediately. Mr. Wong indicated that he was resigning to pursue other professional opportunities, and not due to a disagreement with the Company or the Board.
Lam has served as the Company's President and as a member of its Board since June 30, 2011, and was elected as Chairperson on June 4, 2013. Ms. Lamwas a co-founder of the Diamond Sofa brand and previously was the CEO of Diamond Bar in Commerce, California, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company acquired in August 2011. Ms. Lam has pioneered the Diamond Sofa brand since 1992. Academically wise, Ms. Lam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from the California State University of Los Angeles in June, 1993.
On October 7, 2016, the Board appointed Mr. Umesh Patel as a member of the Board to fill the vacancy due to the resignation of Mr. Chung Shing Yam, as disclosed in the Form 8-K filed on September 28, 2016, to serve until his successor has been duly elected and qualified. Since December, 2009, Mr. Patel, age 59, has served as a managing partner of DviBri LLC, a California-based consulting company providing services to private companies interested in conducting initial public offerings, along with other associated securities and investment services.
Since March, 2013, Mr. Patel has also been a consultant and coordinator for Eos-Petro Inc., an international and domestic petroleum exploration and production company based in Southern California. Mr. Patel received his Bachelor ofCommerce degree specializing in audits and accounts, and an Associate degree in hotel management and catering from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University in Baroda, India in 1978.
The Board believes that Mr. Patel is well qualified to serve as a member of the Board due to his extensive regulatory and investment experience. There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Patel and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Patel was appointed as a director of the Company. In addition, there is no family relationship between Mr. Patel and any director or executive officer of the Company.
Based on its investigation, the Board determined that Mr. Patel is an "independent director" under Rule 10A-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined by NASDAQ Rule 5605(a)(2).
Moreover, the Board also determined that, based on its review, Mr. Patel qualifies as a "Non-Employee Director" as defined by Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and an "outside director" under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations.