UMG silicon cell maker Calisolar names Sandra Beach Lin as new CEO

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Calisolar has appointed Sandra Beach Lin as its new CEO, replacing the outgoing Roy Johnson. The company, which says it is shipping a megawatt a week, made the move as the latest step in building the executive team to lead it through its rapid scale-up into a high-volume, low-cost manufacturer of UMG silicon PV cells.

Before joining Calisolar, Lin was corporate executive VP at Celanese, where she was responsible for driving global strategic leadership for the company’s activities related to sustainability. She has previously held executive-level positions at Avery Dennison, Alcoa, and Honeywell International, and is on the Wesco board.

Lin holds a BBA in production and general management from the University of Toledo and an MBA  from the University of Michigan with a concentration in marketing, policy, and control.

Commenting on her reasons for joining Calisolar, Lin said: “Calisolar’s high-performance solar cells, manufactured using low-cost silicon feedstock, utilize the right technology at the right time to help support the world’s growing need for renewable energy. The company is experiencing overwhelming demand for its products.

“The Calisolar team has built a strong business plan based on commercializing its technological innovations and demonstrated success in penetrating a large and rapidly growing market. I look forward to driving the next phase of global growth, increasing productivity across the organization, and continuing to develop the innovative technologies needed to lower the cost of solar.”

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