First Solar Appoints Georges Antoun COO
TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:FSLR) today announced that Georges Antoun has
been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Antoun will initially have
responsibility for manufacturing, R&D, quality and product management.
Reporting to Antoun will be Tymen DeJong, Senior Vice President of
Global Operations; Raffi Garabedian, Chief Technology Officer; and Tom
Kuster, Vice President of Product Management and Customer Support.
"Georges brings a depth of operational leadership experience that will
help First Solar execute its strategy," said Jim Hughes, First Solar CEO.
Most recently Antoun was a venture partner at Technology Crossover
Ventures, a private equity and venture firm. Prior to joining TCV, he
was the head of Product Area IP & Broadband Networks for Ericsson. He
joined Ericsson in 2007 when Ericsson acquired Redback Networks, where
he had served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and
Operations. After the acquisition, Antoun was promoted to CEO of
Redback. Prior to Redback, he spent five years at Cisco Systems, where
he served as Vice President of Worldwide Systems Engineering and Field
Marketing, Vice President of Worldwide Optical Operations, and Vice
President of Carrier Sales. He has also held senior management positions
at Newbridge Networks and Nynex (now Verizon Communications), where he
was part of its Science and Technology Division.
Antoun earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master's degree in
information systems engineering from NYU-Poly.
About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic
(PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The
company's integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically
attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From
raw material sourcing through end-of-life module collection and
recycling, First Solar's renewable energy systems protect and enhance
the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.
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.
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