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22 September 2009


Ascent Solar hires senior VP of sales & marketing

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc of Thornton, CO, USA, a developer of flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), has recruited Rafael Gutierrez as senior VP of sales & marketing.

Gutierrez has more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, business development, product development, general management, and corporate strategy, including a proven track record of developing strong customer relationships, says president & CEO Farhad Moghadam. “As we prepare to begin high-volume production at the beginning of next year, the customers that Rafael establishes today will help shape the company for tomorrow and beyond,” he adds. “Rafael's past experience in the highly competitive consumer electronics market will be an invaluable asset to Ascent Solar as we pursue our strategy to earn new business and fuel growth.”

Prior to joining Ascent, Gutierrez was general manager of Consumer Electronics in Seagate Technology’s Consumer Solutions division. Previously, he was responsible for Seagate’s business development and strategy for Consumer Electronics and Storage Services. During more than 18 years at Seagate, Gutierrez held executive positions in corporate strategy, strategic marketing, advanced concepts, and product development.

Before joining Seagate, Gutierrez held several engineering development positions with Digital Equipment Corp. He also has an M.S. in operations research & applied statistics from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Mathematics from Bellevue University.

“With the advantages of its lightweight flexible thin-film modules and technology scalability, Ascent Solar is uniquely positioned to truly open new market opportunities and at the same time establish new standards for existing ones,” comments Gutierrez.

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