Solar industry veteran Marco Garcia named Chief Commercial Officer; Manufacturing Industry Veteran Bob Zapotosky New Chief Financial Officer
Solaria Corporation Responds to Revenue Growth with Additions to Executive Team
Solar industry veteran Marco Garcia named Chief Commercial Officer; Manufacturing Industry Veteran
Bob Zapotosky New Chief Financial Officer
FREMONT, CA, APRIL 29, 2011 - Solaria Corporation, a global manufacturer of high-efficiency solar photovoltaic modules, today announced two new additions to its executive team: Marco Garcia, previously of Suniva, Suntech, and PowerLight, has been named Chief Commercial Officer; and Bob Zapotosky, previously of Flextronics, Ultra Cell, and Electronic Lighting, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, replacing Chris Dier, who retired in April.
"We're very appreciative of customer demand for our PV modules," said Solaria CEO Dan Shugar. "By bringing on Marco Garcia, we're going to accelerate customer focus to serve system integrators, developers and utilities. Marco has impressive solar sales experience; in his career, he's driven and closed over 250 MW. We couldn't be more excited to have him on board."
"As Solaria's manufacturing operations scale up, so does our need for an executive with high volume manufacturing expertise," continued Shugar. "Bob's experience at Flextronics gives him the skills and experience we need. I can't imagine a better partner than Bob to oversee finance, information technology, risk management, contracts and facilities. A world class company needs a world class CFO, and Solaria is lucky to have had not one but two. I've been grateful to work with Chris and wish him the best."
Marco Garcia has over 20 years of sales management and international business experience. He joins the Solaria team from Suniva, where he was Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to Suniva, Marco was vice president of the Commercial/Utility Division sales at Suntech Power. Mr. Garcia started his solar career at PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower Corporation), where he was the company's top performing sales professional. In 2006, Mr. Garcia was promoted to Director of European Sales, where he built a team and created sales channels that exceeded sales goals. Mr. Garcia holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Economics, both from Brown University, Rhode Island.
Bob Zapotosky has over 28 years of finance experience in a variety of both small, venture-backed start-up companies and large, multi-billion dollar companies, including extensive experience at Flextronics International, a high volume manufacturing company. Bob's renewable energy experience includes tenures at Ultra Cell, a fuel cell company and Electronic Lighting Inc., a networkable energy efficiency lighting system for load management. Mr. Zapotosky holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
Solaria Corporation designs, manufactures and markets silicon PV modules and systems to solar system integrators, project developers and electric utilities. Based on its patented low-cost technology, Solaria's modules provide reliable performance while matching form, fit and performance of conventional PV modules. Solaria headquarters are in California with operations in Germany and India. For more information, please visit www.solaria.com.