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    • Sports-nutrition company hires Burns as co-CEO

      BOULDER — Peter Burns, former president and chief executive of Justin’s Nut Butter in Boulder, has been hired to help lead Oh Yeah! Nutrition, a maker of sports-nutrition products based in Charlotte, N.C. Burns was recruited by New York-based CAVU Venture Partners, which has made an equity investment in Oh Yeah! Nutrition, the trade name for ISS Research LLC. Burns will be based in Boulder and work with company founder and co-CEO Ron McAfee Jr., who is in Charlotte. CAVU’s managing partners Brett Thomas and Rohan Oza will join the company’s board of directors. Oh Yeah!’s best known product is the One Bar, a snack that has 20 grams of protein and one gram of sugar. The company’s line of products includes bars, shakes, powders and supplements. Burns was CEO of Justin’s Nut Butter for three years and led the company through the process by being acquired by Hormel Foods Corp. in 2016. Prior to joining Justin’s Nut Butter, Burns was the president of Celestial Seasonings in Boulder for Hain Celestial Group. He has also held executive jobs at Hain Celestial Group U.S., Jones Soda Co. and IZZE Beverage Co.  

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    • UQM hires VP/general manager for operations in Asia

      LONGMONT —  Less than a month after a deal fell through for Longmont-based UQM Technologies Inc. to be acquired by Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group Ltd., UQM has hired Yi-Zhen (Fred) Lin to run UQM’s operations in Asia. Lin on Friday was named vice president and general manager of its subsidiary, UQM Asia Limited Inc. Lin will oversee all operations in Asia, including manufacturing, engineering, business development, finance and other support organizations. He will report to Joe Mitchell, president and chief executive of Longmont-based UQM. UQM develops and manufactures electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel-cell compressors for the commercial truck, bus, automotive, marine, military and industrial markets. “We are very pleased to have Fred join the UQM team,” Mitchell said in a prepared statement. “His extensive experience in Asia business development, in-depth understanding of emerging markets, proven track record of success in growing businesses in China with Western products, and overall managerial experience will greatly enhance our ability to succeed in this market.” Lin has more than 20 years of senior-executive experience in managing high-tech international businesses in the Asia Pacific region and is knowledgeable about, and well-known in, the Chinese electric-vehicle and motor industry. Most recently, Lin was the general manager of business development for Vanway Pharmaceuticals. Previous to Vanway, Lin was executive vice president of business development for Guangzhou TWS Electronics Ltd., a rechargeable battery pack supplier. Earlier in his career, Lin worked as a project leader for a Taiwanese technology company where he was directly engaged with UQM on electric-vehicle motor applications.  

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