7 June 2010


Former Arizona Public Service chairman joins First Solar’s board

At its annual shareholders meeting on 1 June, William J. Post was elected to the board of directors of First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA, which makes thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) as well as providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.

Post is former chairman of the board of Arizona Public Service (APS) and former chairman of the board & CEO of its parent company Pinnacle West Capital Corp. He joined APS in 1973, became president & CEO of APS and president of Pinnacle West in February 1997, and was named chairman of the board of both firms in February 2001.

“Post is a valuable addition to our board, both for his electric power industry experience and as a champion of sustainable business,” says First Solar’s CEO Rob Gillette. “Under Bill’s leadership, Pinnacle West and APS became leaders in sustainability. APS developed a mission to advance business practices that improve the economy, environment and community to create a more sustainable future,” he adds. “He will help First Solar achieve its mission to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity.”

Post currently serves on the boards of Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Thunderbird School of International Management. He is chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and chairman of the board of trustees of Arizona State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973.

Activities in the community include serving as chairman of the Business Coalition, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, United Way Campaign, and as a director for many other civic organizations. Awards and honors include an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Northern Arizona University.

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