PV module manufacturer, REC Solar, has appointed a new chief executive, Steve O’Neil. O’Neil will replace the firm’s interim CEO, Martin Cooper, who resumes his position as chief financial officer.
O’Neil takes the helm at a pivotal time for REC. Last month, the company’s shareholders signed off its planned acquisition by the Chinese conglomerate, China National Bluestar, and concurrent merger with fellow Norwegian firm, the silicon supplier Elkem.
O’Neil brings a significant amount of relevant experience to the leadership role at REC as it comes under Chinese ownership.
Between 2006 and 2011 he was based in Shanghai as part of a 20-year stint working for TE Connectivity, a global provider of sensor and connectivity hardware for various industries. During this period he held the positions of senior vice president, China, and chairman of the TE Connectivity China Business Council.
REC's chairman, Ole Enger, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to recruit someone of Steve O'Neil's considerable experience and background. Steve is well qualified to develop the company going forward as we focus on expanding our market reach and positioning ourselves for continued profitable growth.”