Paul Stebbins

    Paul H. Stebbins
    Independent Director
    Paul H. Stebbins was elected a director of First Solar in December 2006. Mr. Stebbins has served as the chairman of World Fuel since July 2002 and has served as a director of World Fuel since June 1995. Between July 2000 and 2002, Mr. Stebbins also served as president and chief operating officer of World Fuel. In 1985, Mr. Stebbins co-founded Trans-Tec Services, a global marine fuel service company acquired by World Fuel in 1995.
    Director Since

    J. Presby

      J. Thomas Presby
      Independent Director
      J. Thomas Presby was elected a director of First Solar in August 2006. Mr. Presby retired in 2002 from a 30-year career with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. At Deloitte, Mr. Presby held numerous positions in the United States and abroad, including the posts of Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Presby serves as a director, the audit committee chair and a member of the compensation committee of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and as a director, the audit committee chair and a member of the governance committee of World Fuel Services, Inc. Mr. Presby also serves as a director and the auditor committee chair of AMVESCAP Plc, Tiffany & Co. and TurboChef Technologies, Inc. Mr. Presby is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Presby is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a masters degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
      Director Since

      William Post

        William J. Post
        Independent Director
        William J. Post was elected a director of First Solar in June 2010. Mr. Post retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation in April 2009 and from the board of directors of Pinnacle West in May 2010. He joined Arizona Public Service (the largest subsidiary of Pinnacle West and the largest electric utility in Arizona) in 1973 and held various officer positions at APS beginning in 1982 including: vice president and controller, vice president of finance and regulation, chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer. He became president of Pinnacle West in 1997, chief executive officer in 1999 and chairman of the board in 2001. Mr. Post joined the board of Arizona Public Service in 1995 and the board of Pinnacle West in 1997. Mr. Post is chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Arizona State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973. He also currently serves on the boards of Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Thunderbird School of International Management, and has served in the past as chairman of Suncor Development Company, Stagg Information Systems, Nuclear Assurance Corporation, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, the Institute of Nuclear Power, and El Dorado Investment Company. He also served as a Director of Phelps Dodge Corporation from 2001 to 2007.
        Director Since

        James Nolan

          James F. Nolan
          Independent Director
          James F. Nolan was elected a director of First Solar in February 2003. Mr. Nolan served as the Vice President of Operations with Solar Cells, Inc., the predecessor to First Solar, and was responsible for research, development and manufacturing operations. He designed and built early prototype equipment for First Solar's pilot manufacturing line and led the team that developed the process for producing large area thin film cadmium telluride solar modules. Mr. Nolan has worked as a part-time consultant for First Solar since November 2000. Mr. Nolan has over 35 years of experience in physics, engineering, research and development, manufacturing and process design with companies such as Westinghouse, Owens Illinois, Glasstech and Photonics Systems. Mr. Nolan holds more than 10 patents in areas of flat panel electronic displays and photovoltaic devices and processes. Mr. Nolan earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania) and a doctorate in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh.
          Director Since

          Craig Kennedy

            Craig Kennedy
            Independent Director
            Craig Kennedy was elected a director of First Solar in September 2007. Mr. Kennedy has been president of the German Marshall Fund since 1995. The German Marshall Fund focuses its activities on bridging U.S.-European differences on foreign policy, economics, immigration and the environment. Mr. Kennedy began his career in 1980 as a program officer at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. Mr. Kennedy was president of the Joyce Foundation between 1986 and 1992 where he built the Foundation's environmental program and launched a new program on U.S. immigration policy. Mr. Kennedy left the Joyce Foundation to work for Richard J. Dennis, a Chicago investor and philanthropist. During this same period, he created a consulting firm working with nonprofit and public sector clients. Mr. Kennedy serves on the board of the nonprofit Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the European Foundation Center, and as an independent trustee of the Van Kampen mutual funds.
            Director Since

            Michael Ahearn

              Michael J. Ahearn
              Chairman of the Board
              Michael J. Ahearn serves as Chairman of the Board of First Solar and served as CEO from August 2000 to September 2009. Prior to First Solar, he was Partner and President of the equity investment firm, JWMA (formerly True North Partners, L.L.C.), the majority stockholder of First Solar. Prior to joining JWMA, Mr. Ahearn practiced law as a partner in the firm of Gallagher & Kennedy. Michael has served on the boards of Arizona Technology Enterprises, Arizona State University Research Park, Homeward Bound, the Arizona Science Museum and currently serves on the board of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He received both a B.A. in Finance and a J.D. from Arizona State University.
              Director Since

              James Zhu

                James Zhu
                Chief Accounting Officer
                James Zhu serves as First Solar's Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Zhu joined the company as Vice President, Corporate Controller in June 2007. Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Zhu served as Assistant Controller then Vice President, Corporate Controller for Salesforce.com. From July 1999 through April 2004, Mr. Zhu held positions of increasing responsibility at Chiron Corporation (acquired by Novartis International AG in April 2006), including Associate Director and Accounting Manager. Prior to joining Chiron Corporation, Mr. Zhu spent several years at KPMG, LLP. Mr. Zhu is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Accounting.

                Mark Widmar

                  Mark Widmar
                  Chief Financial Officer
                  Mark Widmar joined First Solar in April 2011 as the company's Chief Financial Officer. In this role he oversees all financial operations, including Financial Planning & Analysis, Treasury, Internal Audit, Investor Relations, Accounting, and Tax.

                  Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Widmar was the Chief Financial Officer for Graftech International, and was also President of Graftech's Engineering Solutions business.

                  From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Widmar served as Corporate Controller for NCR Inc. Prior to his appointment to Controller, he was a Business Unit Chief Financial Officer for NCR, with responsibility for setting the financial vision and strategy for a $2 billion global enterprise. In this position Mr. Widmar was instrumental in the establishment of strategic plans, annual operating plans, and pricing strategy.

                  Mr. Widmar has also held various financial and managerial positions with Dell, Inc., Lucent Technologies, Inc., AlliedSignal, Inc., and Bristol Myers/Squibb, Inc. He began his career in 1987 as an accountant with Ernst & Young.

                  He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University and is a certified public accountant.

                  David Eaglesham

                    David Eaglesham
                    Chief Technology Officer
                    David Eaglesham joined First Solar in 2006 as Vice President of Technology. He was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in 2009. Mr. Eaglesham has a PhD in Physics from the University of Bristol and achieved tenure as a Lecturer at Liverpool University. He then worked at Lawrence Livermore as Chief Technologist and at Applied Materials as Director of Advanced Technologies. He joined Bell Labs in 1988, where he worked on semiconductor deposition techniques and doping and became Director of Electronic Device Research. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, was named Outstanding Young Investigator by the Materials Research Society in 1994, and was MRS President in 2005.

                    Maja Wessels

                      Maja Wessels
                      Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs
                      Maja Wessels leads First Solar's government affairs, sustainable development and community relations activities globally. Ms Wessels joined First Solar as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region in May 2008 after serving 4 years as senior vice president, Government Affairs at Honeywell for the EMEA region and three as President, United Technologies International Operations for Europe. Ms Wessels chaired the American Electronics Industry Association Europe from 2006 to 2007 and prior to that she was president of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU from 2003 to 2007. From 1997 to 2000 she was employed by Daimler Chrysler as vice president of Government Affairs in Europe. Ms Wessels is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She also holds a master's degree in international economics and European studies from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.