President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Werner serves as SunPower’s president and chief executive officer, and as chairman of the SunPower board of directors. Prior to joining SunPower, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co. He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silver Spring Networks, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees. Werner holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development
Peter Aschenbrenner serves as SunPower executive vice president of corporate strategy and business development, responsible for driving the company’s strategy, mergers and acquisition and business activities. Previously, he was the company’s vice president of marketing and sales, where he established the SunPower brand and oversaw development of the industry’s first dealer network program. Prior to joining SunPower, Aschenbrenner served as senior vice president of global operations at AstroPower, Inc., a solar product manufacturing company. He has more than 35 years of solar industry experience, including management positions at Siemens Solar, PV Electric GmbH, and ARCO Solar. Aschenbrenner graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in product design.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Lisa Bodensteiner serves as executive vice president and general counsel for SunPower Corp., where she leads the company’s global legal organization. Prior to joining SunPower, Bodensteiner was general counsel, project development at First Solar where she was instrumental in creating the company’s project pipeline, and drove significant acquisitions. Previously, Bodensteiner served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at OptiSolar where she led the effort to sell its project development business to First Solar. Bodensteiner has extensive power industry experience, including more than a decade at Calpine serving in various legal related roles such as executive vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a JD from Santa Clara University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Charles (Chuck) D. Boynton serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for SunPower Corp., where he leads the company's treasury, project finance, investor relations, financial planning, accounting organizations. Previously, he was the company’s vice president of corporate finance and corporate development, with global responsibility for finance, planning and analysis and leading strategic investments, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining SunPower, Boynton was chief financial officer for ServiceSource International, where he was responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, legal and facilities. Boynton also held the position as chief financial officer at Intelliden where he drove finance, legal, IT, human resources and professional services. Earlier in his career, Boynton held key financial positions at Commerce One, Inc., Kraft Foods, Inc. and Grant Thornton, LLP, and is a current member of the board of trustees of the San Jose Technology Museum of Innovation. Boynton was a certified public accountant, State of Illinois, and a Member FEI, Silicon Valley Chapter. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
Eric Branderiz serves as SunPower senior vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, responsible for all financial accounting and external reporting, global accounting and customer shared services, global business finance manufacturing operations and regional planning and controllership. Previously and concurrent with his then existing responsibilities, Branderiz also lead the global operations and finance organization for the residential and light commercial business, responsible for driving global order management and fulfillment, as well as product offering design and optimization. Prior to that, he was vice president and corporate controller for the company. Prior to joining SunPower, Branderiz served as vice president, corporate controller, treasurer and head of subsidy business operations for the Knowledge Universe (KU), where he was responsible for all accounting, external reporting, internal controls, subsidy operations, and treasury activities. Prior to KU, he served in various positions at Spansion, Inc., including as senior vice president, corporate finance & corporate controller, where he managed the company's financial accounting, financial reporting, global manufacturing cost accounting, worldwide sales and marketing finance, global shared accounting services and analysis, corporate treasury and tax. Early in his career, Branderiz held various positions at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Ernst & Young, LLP, and the Provincial Branch of Consumer & Corporate Affairs and Treasury Departments in Canada. Branderiz is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Business Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Executive Vice President, Global Power Plants, Customer Operations and EPC
Jorg Heinemann serves as SunPower executive vice president, power plants, and is responsible for the company’s global power plants business, including sales, business development, customer operations, engineering, procurement, construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M). In this role, he oversees all of the company’s power plant business, and is also responsible for downstream operations supporting SunPower’s distributed generation commercial and utility scale customers globally. Heinemann also leads the company’s balance of system (BOS) quality and cost reduction programs. Prior to joining SunPower, he was an executive partner at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. During his 20-year tenure, Heinemann was responsible for its global business relationships with Hewlett-Packard and led the Clean Tech and Sustainability practice for Accenture's Communications and High Technology division. He was instrumental in driving large scale change programs for prominent high-tech companies such as Apple, Autodesk, Cadence, Hitachi Data Systems, Intuit, Sun Microsystems, and Toshiba. Heinemann successfully implemented business change initiatives that covered a wide range of solutions such as CRM, eCommerce, ERP, IT strategy and operations, research and development and customer service. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Chief Operating Officer
As SunPower's Chief Operating Officer, Marty Neese is responsible for leading SunPower’s global strategic operations and worldwide materials sourcing, and cell and module research and development. He brings more than 25 years of experience driving cost effective, scalable manufacturing processes and policies. Most recently, Neese held the position of executive vice president, worldwide operations, for Flextronics International. Prior to that, he was executive vice president, operations at Solectron Corp., where he was responsible for the daily cost, quality, delivery, and end-to-end supply chain optimization and performance for customers who were partnered with the company. Previously, Neese held the positions of vice president, worldwide program management and sales operations at Sanmina-SCI Corp., and director, business development for Jabil Circuit Co. He also served in the U.S. Army for five years, reaching the rank of Captain. Neese is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Erin loves bringing humanity, creativity, strategy and analytics together to build businesses and brands. As SunPower’s Chief Marketing Officer, she is responsible for driving the company’s global brand, communications, digital and marketing strategies. Erin has significant executive-level experience with both Fortune 50 and high-growth pre-IPO companies, previously serving as the Chief Marketing Officer for Dell, where she led the Dell.com business (~$13B P&L), global brand, communications, and Corporate Social Responsibility, then serving as the CMO for Bazaarvoice, where she led marketing efforts worldwide, and was one of the core executives who brought the company public in 2012. Earlier in her career, Erin spent three years in Europe as GM of the EMEA Dell.com business ($3B revenue), then as the VP of Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Erin began her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, consulted to some of the world's biggest brands while at A.T. Kearney, and drove corporate strategy at PepsiCo. Erin serves on several boards including evocalize, Rivet and the University of Texas McCombs Business School Advisory Council. She earned a bachelor of business administration, with a focus on international business and marketing, from the University of Texas.
Executive Vice President, Products
Jack Peurach serves as SunPower’s executive vice president, products where he is responsible for product management, program management, systems research and development, product marketing, monitoring and PV software services, and our concentrator product group. Previously, he served as SunPower’s executive vice president, research and development where he was responsible for all aspects of SunPower’s PV cell, module, and systems research and product development. Prior to the company’s acquisition of PowerLight, Peurach was PowerLight’s vice president, product development, where he drove systems product strategy and development for product execution and management, and built a pipeline for a number of new products. Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant for Mercer Management Consulting and director of engineering at Berkeley Process Control, Inc. Peurach holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of business administration, finance and entrepreneurship from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Vice President, Administration
Douglas J. Richards serves as SunPower’s executive vice president, administration. In this role, he is responsible for leading all Human Resources (HR) initiatives, Information Technology (IT), Environment, Health and Safety services and the company’s facilities organizations worldwide. Prior to joining SunPower, Richards was vice president of human resources and administration for SelectBuild, a $1.8 billion wholly owned subsidiary of BMHC, a company that serves 19 of the top 25 high-volume builders. Previously, he held strategic positions at BlueArc, Compaq Computer Corp and Apple Computer, Inc. Richards has more than 21 years of experience developing and driving key HR programs for Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed startups. He graduated from California State University, Chico, with a B.A. in public administration.
President, Business Units
Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, business units, with global responsibility for the company’s residential, commercial and utility power plant business. He is currently focused on leading the company’s evolution to become a customer-centric energy company, combining distributed generation and energy services. Wenger also serves as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems, the company’s turn-key power systems group. Previously, he was executive vice president and a member of the board of PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower, and he previously held management positions at PG&E, AstroPower and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded. Wenger is passionate about making the sun the leading source of energy globally. He has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field, authored dozens of papers and public policies to mainstream solar, and developed software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems. Wenger holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.