Markets & Finance

July 4, 2008
Advent Solar, Inc. has enlisted the entrepreneurial skills of Martin Hermann to take up the role of Chief Strategic Officer. Mr. Hermann brings over 17 years of entrepreneurial and management experience to the role, which will see him assume responsibility for Advent Solar’s business development, planning, strategy and growth.
June 30, 2008
DayStar Technologies has named William Steckel as its new CFO, replacing Raja Venkatesh (pictured), who resigned in February to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Steckel brings more than 20 years of financial and operational management experience to the role that will see him report directly to company CEO Dr. Stephan DeLuca.
June 26, 2008
China Sunergy has announced the addition of a further Independent Director to its Board. Merry Tang, a finance and accounting executive, took up the role on June 24th, replacing Mr. Alan Smith who resigns from the role on June 30th. Ms. Tang succeeds Mr. Smith as Chairman of the Audit Committee on July 1st.
June 19, 2008
Barry Cinnamonn (pictured), founder and CEO of Akeena Solar, has been added to the finalists’ list for consideration for the prestigious title of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2008. The award winners, who will be announced on June 21st in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, will be selected by a panel of independent judges based on their innovation, financial performance and commitment to their business and community.
June 17, 2008
Conergy SolarModule GmbH & Co. KG has named Mathias Kamolz as Managing Director of its Frankfurt (Oder) production site. Effective immediately, the new role managing the Oder plant will see Mr. Kamolz apply his semiconductor-related experience to building the business of the new solar factory.
June 16, 2008
Brian Jacolick (pictured), former Vice President of sales for SunEdison, has been promoted to General Manager for the North America region and in this role will oversee operations for the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Mr. Jacolick will be based in Beltsville, Maryland, and will report directly to CEO Tom Rainwater.
June 16, 2008
Dr. Stephen R. Forrest (pictured) has been added to the Applied Materials Board of Directors and also to the Strategic Committee of the Board. An expert in the fields of optoelectronics and organic compounds, Dr. Forrest is a well-known lecturer, fellow of IEEE and recipient of many awards for his inventions and innovations.
June 16, 2008
Bringing more than 20 years’ experience to his new role as Vice President of Product Development, Martin Stein has been added to the Spire executive team to apply his expertise in the fields of advanced robotics, thin-film and photovoltaic applications to the company’s technology development. He joins the company from Brooks Automation where he held the roles of Director of Quality and General Manager of the robotics product group.
June 16, 2008
Fusen Chen (pictured) and J. Michal Conaway have joined the GT Solar Board of Directors, bringing the total number of GT Solar Board members to six. Dr. Chen is Executive Vice President and CTO for Novellus Systems, Inc., while J. Michal Conaway serves as CEO and founder of Peregrine Group, LLC.
June 2, 2008
Following the announcement of the acquisition by Robert Bosch GmbH of a majority stake in ersol AG, Dr. Claus Beneking has announced his impending retirement from the role of CEO. Beneking will, however, remain on as a consultant following his retirement, which is planned in the next few months.

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