Having joined First Solar in 2003, Sohn worked as an engineering, operations and managerial consultant. He also served on the companys Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009. In 2007, he became company President.
Since his position will not be taken over, his direct reports – Tymen DeJong, Senior Vice President of Operations, Doug Duval, Vice President of Supply Chain, Heinrich Eichermueller, Senior Vice President of Plant Replication, and Jim Lamon, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Procurement and Construction – will report to CEO Gillette.
"Bruce has been an important part of First Solar’s history and growth, and his dedication to our vision has been unwavering. His leadership in establishing and building our manufacturing capabilities on a global scale has been a key driver of our success," said Gillette.
"Bruce and I have taken stock of his considerable achievements and we have agreed this is a natural time for him to pursue new opportunities outside the company. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Sohn added: "I am proud of what we have accomplished at First Solar so far and remain confident in the company’s future. Not only have we achieved our cost and manufacturing milestones, but we also have positioned a new generation of leaders to take First Solar into the next phase of growth."
Watch out for the May edition of pv magazine, which features an interview with Bruce Sohn.