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16 May 2008


First Solar announces executive management appointments

First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which manufactures thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe), has appointed Ken Schultz as executive VP of advanced development, John Carrington as executive VP of global marketing & business development, and Jim Miller as executive VP of product & global supply chain management.

Schultz has led First Solar’s marketing and business development efforts for more than five years and now, in the newly created position of executive VP of advanced development, will drive innovation and commercialization of new products.

Replacing Schultz as executive VP of global marketing & business development, Carrington will direct First Solar’s global sales and marketing function, including targeted expansions in Europe and the launch of First Solar’s entry in the USA. He brings extensive global marketing experience from leadership positions with General Electric spanning more than 15 years. Carrington was most recently general manager and chief marketing officer of General Electric Plastics (recently sold and re-named SABIC Innovative Plastics), where he also served as general manager of automotive marketing in Tokyo, Japan; Pacific marketing director in Tokyo; and commercial director for GE’s Noryl resin business in Selkirk, NY, USA.

Miller will oversee product management and supply chain activities including material sourcing, product management, and logistics for product delivery and take-back as part of First Solar’s end-of-life module collection and recycling program. Miller has in-depth supply chain and product management experience, most recently at Cisco Systems as VP of Product Operations and as VP of global supply chain management. Previously, he was with as VP of global supply chain. He has also held management positions at Intel, Teledesic and IBM.

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