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.