Solyndra: then and now
Solyndra, the Fremont, Calif., maker of cylindrical solar photovoltaic systems, has hired chip industry executive Brian Harrison as its new president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Task number one for Harrison will be cutting Solyndra’s production costs, something he’s got experience doing most recently as CEO of Numonyx, an Intel venture sold in 2008 to Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology. Harrison replaces Solyndra’s founding CEO Chris Gronet, who stays on as Chairman.
Before Numonyx, Harrison cut his manufacturing teeth at Intel, overseeing the company’s global wafer manufacturing facilities. He also oversaw Intel’s sales and marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
In a prepared statement, outgoing CEO Chris Gronet said:
Brian's strong understanding of sophisticated manufacturing operations, history of achieving significant product and manufacturing cost reductions, and experience in building an international sales and marketing organization make him the right person to lead our growth.
Flash forward to 23 Sept 2011, from AP:
Top executives from a bankrupt California solar energy company have declined to testify before a congressional hearing investigating their half-billion dollar government loan.
Solyndra Inc. CEO Brian Harrison and the company's chief financial officer, Bill Stover, both invoked their Fifth Amendment right to decline to testify to avoid self-incrimination.
Harrison told the House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday: "On advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer any questions."
Stover did the same.
Harrison holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University.