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30 April 2008


First Solar appoints VP of investor relations

First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which manufactures thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe), has appointed Larry Polizzotto to the new post of VP investor relations, liaising with stockholders and reporting to chief financial officer Jens Meyerhoff. “The scope of our investor relations requirements has grown significantly since our initial public offering in November of 2006,” says Meyerhoff.

“Larry brings 23 years of experience developing investor relations capabilities,” he adds. Prior to joining First Solar, Polizzotto gained financial, technology and business experience at IBM and Dell where he held director and senior management roles in investor relations, corporate and strategic planning, finance, and business and technology development.

Previously, in January, First Solar appointed Kathy Weiss as VP of government relations (based in New York and report to John Gaffney, executive VP and general counsel) to oversee the development and advocacy of its public policy positions and to manage state and federal affairs activities. The firm aims to expand its advocacy outreach efforts and strengthen relationships with policymakers and the communities it serves, says Gaffney.

Gaffney was also recruited in January, leading First Solar’s legal, corporate development, government affairs and corporate communications activities and reporting to CEO Mike Ahearn. Gaffney, a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, had previously been a key advisor to First Solar, including representing it in its $459m initial public offering.

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