First Solar, Inc. recentlyannounced that Georges Antoun, President – U.S., has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer, effective July 1, 2016.Antoun will have comprehensive leadership responsibility for Global Project and Business Development, with a primary focus on increased sales and sustainable growth in emerging markets. Reporting to Antoun will be First Solar global project development, business development and strategic marketing teams.
“Georges has a deep and broad grasp of every aspect of our operations,” said First Solar Chief Financial Officer Mark Widmar, who will become Chief Executive Officer on July 1. “I am confident that he can lead a fully integrated international business development organization that will deliver on our strategic objectives while focusing on deeper customer intimacy.”As President – U.S., Antoun oversaw project and business development for the United States. Previously, he served as the company’s Chief Operations Officer, joining First Solar in June 2012 after working in the international IT and Telecommunications industries.
“I am honored to take on this expanded role as we enter a new phase of growth and development,” said Antoun. “I look forward to working with the management team and global associates to execute on our strategies and capitalize on the exciting opportunities before us.”As part of this transition, Joe Kishkill, First Solar’s President – International, will leave the company to pursue other interests.”Joe played an important role in positioning First Solar as a global player,” said Widmar. “We thank Joe for his contributions, and wish him all the best in his next endeavors.”