eSolar Introduces Semiconductor Veteran as SVP of Operations
Gary Breton Brings 20 Years of Global Operations Experience to eSolar Team
PASADENA, California – March 25, 2010 – eSolar, a leading producer of modular, scalable concentrating solar thermal power plants, announced today it has named Gary J. Breton as senior vice president of operations. Mr. Breton brings to the eSolar team more than 20 years experience in executing global expansion and improving the operational profitability of leading semiconductor companies.
Prior to joining eSolar, Mr. Breton oversaw financial operations for Aurora Semiconductor and led sourcing efficiency initiatives at Cypress Semiconductor. Previously, as a senior vice president at Amkor Technologies, Mr. Breton supervised the operations of seven factories in six countries where he successfully drove growth in Asian markets.
“To realize our vision of making solar power competitive with fossil fuels, eSolar is drawing on the legacy of seasoned industries,” said John Van Scoter, eSolar’s CEO. “eSolar will benefit from Gary’s expertise in reducing operational and equipment costs, while driving international growth.”
“I look forward to applying my skill set to the dynamic concentrated solar power industry,” said Mr. Breton. “My ability to reduce costs and improve processes in the semiconductor industry is well-suited for helping to drive eSolar’s technology model and business strategy.”
Over the course of his career, Gary Breton has led teams in creating and implementing effective solutions involved with overall financial growth, government interaction, operations, and customer relationships in foreign markets. Mr. Breton holds an MBA and BS in Management from the University of La Salle.
eSolar is an Idealab company founded in 2007 to develop modular and scalable solar thermal power plant technology. In the summer of 2009, eSolar unveiled the 5 MW Sierra SunTower plant, the only commercial CSP tower facility operating in North America. The eSolar solution marries a low-impact, pre-fabricated form factor with advanced computer software engineering to meet the demand for reliable and cost-competitive solar energy. eSolar’s proprietary solution resolves issues of price, scalability, speed of deployment and grid impact that have historically stymied solar thermal adoption, thus affording dramatic reductions in the cost of solar thermal energy. eSolar is based in Pasadena, California. For more information, please visit www.esolar.com.