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First Solar has named Georges Antoun, former Ericsson and Cisco executive, as COO for the CdTe thin-film manufacturer and project developer. In this role, which has not existed in the company since George “Chip” Hambro’s occupation of the role in 2007, Antoun will be responsible for manufacturing, R&D, quality and product management, and will be reported to by Tymen DeJong, senior VP of Global Operations; Raffi Garabedian, CTO; and Tom Kuster, VP of Product Management and Customer Support.

Georges joins the company from his former role as venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, a private equity and venture firm. He has also held the roles of head of Product Area IP & Broadband Networks for Ericsson and CEO at Redback Networks. He also held several vice presidential roles at Cisco Systems. Antoun has a B.Sc. in engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master's degree in information systems engineering from NYU-Poly.