First Solar Inc. has announced that Georges Antoun has been appointed as the company's chief operating officer.
Antoun will initially have responsibility for manufacturing, research and development, quality and product management. Reporting to Antoun will be Tymen DeJong, senior vice president of global operations; Raffi Garabedian, chief technology officer; and Tom Kuster, vice president of product management and customer support.
Most recently, Antoun was a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a private equity and venture firm. Prior to joining TCV, he was head of product-area IP and broadband networks for Ericsson. He joined Ericsson in 2007, when the company was acquired Redback Networks, where he had served as senior vice president of worldwide sales and operations.
After the acquisition, Antoun was promoted to CEO of Redback. Prior to Redback, he spent five years at Cisco Systems, where he served as vice president of worldwide systems engineering and field marketing, vice president of worldwide optical operations, and vice president of carrier sales. He has also held senior management positions at Newbridge Networks and Nynex (now Verizon Communications), where he was part of its Science and Technology Division.