First Solar appoints Georges Antoun COO

Reporting to Antoun will be Tymen DeJong, Senior vice president of global operations; Raffi Garabedian, chief technology officer; and Tom Kuster, vice president of product management and customer support

Tempe, Ariz., June 30, 2012 — First Solar, Inc. Announced that Georges Antoun has been appointed chief operating officer. Antoun will initially have responsibility for manufacturing, R&D, quality and product management.

Reporting to Antoun will be Tymen DeJong, Senior vice president of global operations; Raffi Garabedian, chief technology officer; and Tom Kuster, vice president of product management and customer support.

"Georges brings a depth of operational leadership experience that will help First Solar execute its strategy," said Jim Hughes, First Solar CEO.

Most recently Antoun was a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, a private equity and venture firm. Prior to joining TCV, he was the head of product area IP & broadband networks for Ericsson. He joined Ericsson in 2007 when Ericsson acquired Redback Networks, where he had served as senior vice president of worldwide sales and operations.

Antoun earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master's degree in information systems engineering from NYU-Poly.

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