SunPower Names Tom Werner New CEO

June 25, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

SunPower Corp. (Sunnyvale, CA), a silicon solar-cell performance leader, announced the appointment of Tom Werner as Chief Executive Officer. Werner comes to SunPower from a position as CEO of Silicon Light Machines, a supplier of components for optical subsystems. Werner is tasked with accelerating SunPower's transition from a supplier of high-performance specialty products to a manufacturer of solar cells for a broad range of high-volume applications.

"Tom Werner has a breadth of experience turning intellectual property into real products and, at SLM, turning an organization focused on a single product into a prolific designer and manufacturer of devices for multiple applications," said Cypress President and CEO T.J. Rodgers. "Tom's experience building businesses at 3Com and US Robotics makes him the right choice to help SunPower make the leap from a niche provider of photovoltaic solutions to a dominant force in a highly competitive industry that is poised for significant growth."