Ascent Solar names Rafael Gutierrez as COO

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Thin-film PV module developer Ascent Solar Technologies has announced that Rafael Gutierrez has been named as the company’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Gutierrez previously served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ascent Solar from 2009 to 2011.

Victor Lee, CEO of Ascent Solar, said: “We are honoured to have Rafael returning to Ascent Solar. He is an industry veteran and is perfectly suited to lead the continued rapid expansion of our entire sales operation globally.

“He brings a wealth of large corporate C-level experience in the technology and consumer electronics sectors, and his depth of knowledge in both international and domestic sales, as well as his comprehensive understanding of the marketing and product development cycles of consumer-oriented businesses and PV applications, are invaluable assets as we continue to accelerate our growth.”

Before initially joining Ascent Solar in 2009, Gutierrez worked at Seagate Technologies for 18 years, holding various titles including general manager of consumer electronics, executive director of strategic marketing and director of advanced concepts and product development.

Gutierrez said: “I am very excited to return to Ascent Solar. The transformation of the Company led by the current management is impressive. The market opportunities for flexible PV power solutions in emerging markets such as Internet of Things (IoT), Consumer Wearables, and Drone applications create a unique and promising near-term opportunity for Ascent Solar and EnerPlex solutions.”

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