Solyndra names former First Solar exec John Gaffney as senior VP

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Solyndra has tapped former First Solar executive John Gaffney as its new senior VP of corporate development and general counsel. He will lead the CIGS thin-film PV company’s legal and corporate development activities and will report to CEO Chris Gronet.

Gaffney was executive VP at First Solar from January 2008 to December 2009, where he led the company’s legal, corporate development, sustainable development, and environmental affairs departments.

Before joining First, he practiced law for more than 20 years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he became a partner in 1993 and advised numerous corporate and institutional clients on merger, acquisition, and capital markets transactions.

Gaffney holds a BA from the George Washington University and a JD and MBA from New York University.

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