SunPower Corporation named Flextronics International executive Marty T. Neese as its chief operating officer.

 

San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower, a maker of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, said Neese brings more than 25 years of experience "driving cost effective, scalable manufacturing processes and policies."

 

A proponent of kaizen, the Japanese strategy for continuous improvement, Neese executed the Lean Six Sigma methodology at Flextronics International USA and received the 2007 Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

 

"Marty is a seasoned executive bringing many years of lean manufacturing expertise to SunPower," said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower. "His impressive background of implementing cost reduction programs for companies much larger than ours will be a great asset in lowering our overall operations costs. I am extremely pleased to welcome Marty to our executive leadership team."

 

Most recently, Neese was executive vice president, worldwide operations, for Flextronics International. Prior to that, he was executive vice president, operations at Solectron Corporation.