CEO and Chairman of the Board
Tom Werner serves as SunPower’s CEO and 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., 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 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 and accounting organizations. He also currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 8point3 Energy Partners, a growth oriented partnership to own, operate and acquire solar energy generation projects. 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.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Ken Mahaffey is executive vice president and general counsel for SunPower with responsibility for the company’s global legal organization. He is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years’ legal experience. Mahaffey joined SunPower in 2006 as a founding member of SunPower's Legal Department. During his tenure, Mahaffey has managed attorneys and professionals around the globe who handle all legal, contract, regulatory and compliance matters in support of the Company’s three core business segments. He has also provided lead support for SunPower’s corporate functions, including finance, M&A, marketing, policy and communication. Mahaffey has deep expertise in renewable energy law, finance, corporate governance and compliance matters. Before joining SunPower, he worked as an attorney in private practice managing a variety of commercial and litigation matters. Mahaffey has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Dr. Bill Mulligan is responsible for leading SunPower’s global operations, worldwide materials sourcing along with cell and module research and development. Mulligan originally joined SunPower in 1998 and worked for more than 12 years as vice president of research and development, where he led the development of SunPower’s PV cell technology and the world’s highest efficiency commercial solar panel. He left SunPower in 2010, but returned four years later with the company’s acquisition of SolarBridge, where he was serving as president and CEO. Most recently he was SunPower’s vice president of upstream strategy. Mulligan has more than 30 years of solar and microelectronics industry experience, and prior to SunPower served in various engineering and management positions at JX Crystals, Inc., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, AstroPower, and Fairchild/National Semiconductor. Mulligan received dual undergraduate degrees in chemistry and history from the University of Washington, a master’s of science in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in materials science from the Colorado School of Mines. He holds 10 patents and is the author of more than 30 publications related to solar energy.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Solar
Nam Nguyen is executive vice president at SunPower responsible for sales, development, marketing, and execution of SunPower’s commercial business through both direct and indirect channels. Most recently, Nguyen oversaw SunPower’s power plant business in Latin America, driving approximately one gigawatt of contracted pipeline and $1.5 billion in revenues. She joined SunPower in August 2013 as vice president of strategy and new market development. Previously, Nguyen was vice president of global business development at First Solar where she developed and financed approximately four GW of project assets, including raising $8 billion of financing. Prior to First Solar, Nguyen was responsible for corporate development at OptiSolar, where she raised $300 million in venture funding and eventually led the sale of OptiSolar to First Solar. Nguyen spent five years in investment banking focused on corporate finance and M&A. Nguyen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Columbia University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright Scholar.
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), global corporate communications, Environment, Health, Safety and Security 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 Bachelor of Arts in public administration.
Executive Vice President, Products
Norm Taffe serves as SunPower’s executive vice president of products responsible for engineering, product management and marketing for the entire breadth of products that SunPower offers. This includes complete solar system solutions for the Residential, Commercial and Power Plant markets. Taffe is also responsible for driving the company’s global brand and digital strategies. Prior to joining SunPower, Taffe spent 23 years at Cypress Semiconductor in a wide range of roles. His last seven years there were spent as executive vice president of the Consumer and Computation division, managing more than 350 employees and $400M in revenue. In addition to his work at SunPower, Taffe is a board member of two public semiconductor companies, Integrated Device Technology and DSP Group. He is also a board member of the nonprofit Second Harvest Foodbank of Santa Clara County. Taffe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and he completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.
Vice President, Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer
Vidul Prakash serves as vice president and chief accounting officer for SunPower, where he leads the company’s accounting, tax, shared services, and operations finance functions. Previously, he was division chief financial officer for the company’s upstream business responsible for financial planning and analysis, cost reduction, working capital improvement, capital investments, treasury, and corporate development initiatives. He also served as the company’s vice president and controller for the Asia region and director of internal audit. Earlier in his career, he held financial advisory positions at KPMG and Deloitte, finance leadership positions at Honeywell, and worked at two technology startups. Vidul serves as an advisory board member at Columbia University’s Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness, represented SunPower investments on boards of joint ventures and startups, and is a member of FEI, Silicon Valley Chapter. He earned his Master of Business Administration in finance and accounting from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.