SINGAPORE, Sept. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MAXN) ("Maxeon" or the "Company"), a global leader in solar innovation and channels , announced that the Company's board of directors (the "Board") and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeff Waters have agreed that Waters will step down as CEO and member of the Board effective September 15, 2022, and that Maxeon's Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) Mark Babcock has been appointed interim CEO effective September 15, 2022. CRO Babcock, an industry veteran, will have the support of Waters to ensure a smooth transition through the end of September.
"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Jeff for successfully leading Maxeon through its first phase of growth", said Donald Colvin, Maxeon's Chairman. "Dating back to four years ago when Jeff joined SunPower, he led the funding that facilitated the creation of Maxeon and prepared it for its public listing. Over the two years of Maxeon's life, he built a new executive leadership team and Singapore headquarters, and led a transformation with new products and a streamlined and expanded operations footprint that has doubled the Company's capacity, culminating in a refreshed balance sheet and a march towards a new U.S. factory."
Waters said, "I am so proud of the drive and perseverance of the Maxeon employees and what they have accomplished, especially against the backdrop of the pandemic and a tumultuous supply chain environment. Maxeon is positioned well for success with the introduction of new products and factories, a recently strengthened balance sheet, and an amazing opportunity with U.S. manufacturing. I am equally proud of Maxeon's leadership team, and will work closely with them to ensure a smooth transition."
Colvin continued, "With the Company positioned strongly for the future, the Board and Jeff mutually agreed that now is the time for a new leader to take the Company to its next phase of growth."
The Board has retained an outside firm to conduct a search process for the new CEO.
Maxeon Solar Technologies (NASDAQ: MAXN) is Powering Positive Change™. Headquartered in Singapore, Maxeon designs and manufactures Maxeon® and SunPower® brand solar panels, and has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. The company is a leader in solar innovation with access to over 1,000 patents and two best-in-class solar panel product lines. Maxeon products span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,700 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a +35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology. For more information about how Maxeon is Powering Positive Change™ visit us at www.maxeon.com, on LinkedIn and on Twitter @maxeonsolar.
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