Instrumental to Q-Cells' manufacturing rejuvenation, Gerhard Rauter, Chief Operation Officer (COO) at Q-Cells has resigned his position at the company, effective May 4th, 2011. As is the norm in such situations, Q-Cells did not give any reasons for his resignation, simply wishing him well for the future.
Regarded as part of the ‘old guard’ executive team that for one brief year became the leading PV manufacturer, Rauter is the last senior executive from that era to leave the company.
A replacement has yet to be appointed but Q-Cells said that his responsibilities would be assumed by CEO Nedim Cen, supported by Jirko Lohse and Peter Wawer for the time being.
Q-Cells is now in a unique position within the PV industry, having no executive with any previous PV or semiconductor background prior to joining the company.
Rauter (53) had held the position of COO at Q-Cells since October 2007 and was most recently responsible for production and technology. He was also instrumental in establishing Q-Cells' low-cost manufacturing operations in Malaysia and bringing its thin-film operations at Solibro to fruition.
He previously served in managerial positions for Siemens' DRAM semiconductor business unit and became vice president of operation & production at Infineon Technologies in 2005, when Siemens spun off its semiconductor operations. Rauter then served as vice president and managing director of Infineon Technologies Dresden, the key DRAM manufacturing operation of the company.
He has also served as managing director and deputy chairman of the Supervisory Board of Suss MicroTec AG since June 20, 2006 and serves as a Director of SEMI.
Rauter has been a member of the editorial advisory board for Photovoltaics International since its inception.