First Solar Appoints Hughes Chief Commercial Officer


First Solar Inc. has hired James Hughes as chief commercial officer. In this newly created role designed to accelerate First Solar's entry into emerging markets, Hughes will have comprehensive leadership responsibility for global business development and sales; project development; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC); product management; and international public affairs and communications.

Most recently, Hughes served as CEO and director of AEI, which owns and operates power distribution, power generation, natural gas transportation and services, and natural gas distribution businesses in emerging markets worldwide.

Previously, he was president and chief operating officer at Prisma Energy, which was formed out of former Enron interests in international electric and natural gas utilities.

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