Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's producer of solar panels, has appointed John Lefebvre as President of Suntech America. Based at Suntech America's headquarters in San Francisco, Mr. Lefebvre is charged with extending Suntech's market leadership position throughout North and South America. He will report directly to Suntech's Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Beebe.
"John brings the ideal mix of industry experience and proven business development capabilities to lead Suntech America through the next phase of our industry's growth," said Andrew Beebe, Suntech's Chief Commercial Officer. "As we enter a grid parity environment, markets throughout the Americas, particularly the U.S. and Canada, are major strategic priorities for our global organization. This appointment will help to solidify our leadership position in what will remain a key regional driver of our global growth."
"I'm honored to join the Suntech team and plan to accelerate the company's remarkable trajectory throughout North and South America," said John Lefebvre, President of Suntech America. "I've been working with Suntech and their local teams for years now, and understand why and how Suntech has become the U.S. and global market leader."
For the past four years, Mr. Lefebvre served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at SolarCity, a leading full-service solar provider for homeowners, businesses and government organizations, as well as a Suntech customer. In that role, Mr. Lefebvre was responsible for all of the company's sales, channel partnerships and corporate partnerships, including end-to-end management of SolarCity's residential, government and commercial sales activities, and strategic channel management.
Mr. Lefebvre began his career in the aerospace division of GE before transitioning to the semiconductor equipment industry. At Lam Research and Mattson Technology, Mr. Lefebvre held senior management and product development positions working across Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Mr. Lefebvre received an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia and ESADE (Barcelona, Spain), a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University.