Caroline Stockdale Joins First Solar as Chief Human Resources Officer

Award-winning human resources executive brings more than 20-years of experience to role

TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 10, 2019 /PVTIME/ -- US-headquartered First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced that Caroline Stockdale will lead the Company’s human resources and communications function, overseeing a global workforce of over 6,500 associates. She replaces Chris Bueter, who will continue in an advisory role until his retirement on April 1, 2020. 

“At First Solar, people are our towering strength. We went
through an extensive search process to find a leader who would be the right fit
to take our people – and therefore our business – to the next level,” said Mark
Widmar, Chief Executive Officer, First Solar. “Caroline brings strategic
thinking and problem-solving skills gained from working in disruptive
industries that have had to be nimble to adapt and evolve. These attributes are
critical to our success in an ever-changing marketplace as we strive to lead
the world’s sustainable energy future.”

Caroline has more than 20 years of operating experience in
finance, human resources, business leadership, and process excellence, ranging
from large global companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. She most recently
served as the CEO for First Perform, a provider of human resources services for
a wide  variety of customers from the Fortune 100 to cyber start-ups. She
served as chief human resources officer for Medtronic and  Warner Music
Group among others, and as the senior human resources leader in global
divisions of American Express and General Electric. Caroline is also a member
of several advisory groups including the Forbes Human Resources Council.

“Becoming part of this extraordinary team is a phenomenal
opportunity to combine my passion for people and innovative talent strategies
with a truly meaningful vision, mission, and advanced technology in sustainable
energy – something that matters to everyone’s future,” Stockdale said.

First Solar is celebrating two decades since its founding
in 1999 and 25 gigawatts (GW)DC of photovoltaic (PV) modules
shipped, making it the only American solar manufacturing company to achieve this
milestone. It recently announced the start of production at its new PV module
manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, its second factory in the United
States.

First Solar’s expanded manufacturing footprint in the United States, which represents over $1 billion in cumulative investment and directly created approximately 500 new jobs, makes it the largest solar manufacturer in America and the Western Hemisphere. First Solar also operates manufacturing facilities in Vietnam and Malaysia, and has a commercial presence on five continents.

SOURCE: First Solar

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