6 January 2010


Ascent Solar hires Dow Corning veteran as VP of sales

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc of Thornton, CO, USA, which manufactures flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), has hired Robert ‘Bob’ Johns as VP of sales, reporting directly to senior VP of sales & marketing Rafael Gutierrez.

Johns has more 29 years of experience in global sales, customer service, channel partner development and business development. “Bob has the abilities and global experience we need to increase sales velocity and foster new partnerships that will feature our unique flexible lightweight thin-film solar modules,” says Gutierrez.

Prior to joining Ascent, Johns spent 29 years with Dow Corning Corp, where he held numerous director-level positions in the Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Technologies & Ventures Businesses. As global director of New Business Programs, responsibilities included a portfolio of new business teams focused on high-growth markets including solar, compound semiconductors and other emerging high-priority programs. Most recently, based in Shanghai, China, he led Dow Corning’s Global Customer Service organization while serving as a member of the Global Commercial and Greater China Councils. Earlier in his career at Dow Corning, he served in sales and marketing positions in the electronics, solar and defense markets.

Johns holds a BBA in Management from Western Michigan University. He is also an alumnus of the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.

Ascent’s flexible solar technology lends itself to a diverse set of products and customer opportunities, believes Johns. “I look forward to helping lead the sales and customer development effort as we move forward to expand the reach of our unique products,” he comments.

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