William Post, former chairman of the board for Arizona Public Service and Pinnacle West Capital, where he also served as CEO, has been elected as the newest member of First Solar’s board of directors. The First Solar election occurred on June 1 at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting.
“Bill Post is a valuable addition to our board, both for his electric power industry experience and as a champion of sustainable business,” said Rob Gillette, First Solar CEO. “Under Bill’s leadership, Pinnacle West and APS became leaders in sustainability. APS developed a mission to advance business practices that improve the economy, environment and community to create a more sustainable future. He will help First Solar achieve its mission to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity.”
Bill joined APS in 1973, became president and CEO of the company and president of Pinnacle in 1997, and was named chairman for both companies in 2001. Post has served as chairman for the Business Coalition, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and United Way Campaign, and has been a director for various other civic organizations.
Post sits on the boards for the Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Thunderbird School of International Management. He serves as chairman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and chairman of the board of trustees for Arizona State University, where he received a BS in 1973.
Post has achieved awards and honors, including the National Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League and an honorary doctorate of letters from Northern Arizona University.