James Hughes to Join First Solar as Chief Commercial Officer
TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced it has hired James
Hughes as Chief Commercial Officer. In this newly created role designed
to accelerate First Solar's entry into emerging markets, Hughes will
have comprehensive leadership responsibility for global business
development and sales; project development; engineering, procurement and
construction (EPC); product management and international public affairs
and communications. Reporting to Hughes will be Jim Brown, Executive
Vice President of Global Business Development; Maja Wessels, Executive
Vice President of Global Public Affairs; Jim Lamon, Senior Vice
President of EPC and Operations and Maintenance; Tom Kuster, Vice
President of Product Management and Customer Service; and Ted Meyer,
Vice President of Global Corporate Communications.
"Jim is extraordinarily prepared to help First Solar open new markets
and reach revenue goals," said Mike Ahearn, First Solar's Chairman and
Interim Chief Executive Officer. "We will benefit greatly from his
diverse and extensive global and operational experience in the energy
Most recently, Hughes was CEO and Director of AEI, which owned and
operated power distribution, power generation, natural gas
transportation and services, and natural gas distribution businesses in
emerging markets worldwide. Previously, he was President and Chief
Operating Officer for Prisma Energy, which was formed out of former
Enron interests in international electric and natural gas utilities.
Hughes earned a juris doctor from the University of Texas at Austin
School of Law, a Certificate of Completion in international business law
from Queen Mary's College, University of London, and a bachelor's degree
in business administration from Southern Methodist University.
First Solar designs and builds complete photovoltaic (PV) power plants
for customers around the world - including the two largest PV projects
in the world, which are currently under construction — and is the
world's largest manufacturer of thin-film solar modules. The company is
committed to sustainability and created the solar industry's first
prefunded collection and recycling program.
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar manufactures solar modules with an advanced semiconductor
technology, and is a premier provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV)
system solutions. The company is delivering an economically viable
alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing
through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on
creating value-driven renewable energy solutions that protect and
enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please
For First Solar Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant
to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not
constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a
number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially,
including risks associated with the company's business involving the
company's products, their development and distribution, economic and
competitive factors and the company's key strategic relationships and
other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. First Solar assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking information contained in this press release or with
respect to the announcements described herein.
First Solar, Inc.
Ted Meyer, +1-602-427-3318
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