FREMONT, Calif., July 19, 2010 – Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative cylindrical solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial rooftops, today announced that Corby C. Whitaker has joined the company as Vice President of North America Sales. Mr. Whitaker was with United Solar Ovonics, a subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, since 2007, where he most recently was VP of North American Sales. “Corby brings strong solar and roofing sales and channel development experience to our team and, with his leadership, we will continue to rapidly expand sales in our target markets in North America,” said Chris Gronet, Solyndra’s CEO. “He has a proven ability to develop new business and enhance customer satisfaction and is a great addition to our outstanding global sales organization.” Prior to United Solar Ovonics, Mr. Whitaker was director of sales and service for Johns Manville Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, from 2003-2007, where he managed sales of roofing systems and services. Before Johns Manville, he served in various executive and sales management roles for Suez Energy Services, Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., and Ingersoll Dresser Pump. Mr. Whitaker has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. About Solyndra Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., Solyndra designs and manufactures photovoltaic systems, comprised of panels and mounts, for the commercial and industrial rooftop market. Using proprietary cylindrical modules and thin film technology, Solyndra’s light weight, non-penetrating systems are designed to provide simple and easy installations and the lowest cost of electricity for typical low slope commercial rooftops.
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