Jeffrey Waters is our Chief Executive Officer and, prior to the separation and spin-off, led the SunPower Technologies business unit of SunPower, which included its global manufacturing, research and development and SunPower Solutions group. An experienced global business, operations and sales leader, Mr. Waters joined SunPower in January 2019 from Isola, where he worked from Silicon Valley as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Isola, Waters was Senior Vice President and General Manager with Altera Corporation and also held a variety of executive positions with Texas Instruments/National Semiconductor in both the United States and Japan for 18 years, including in global sales.
Mr. Waters holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in engineering from Santa Clara University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.
Kai Strohbecke is our Chief Financial Officer and leads the global finance, planning, accounting and information technology organizations for Maxeon Solar Technologies.
A 26-year veteran of the semiconductor industry with work experience in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, Mr. Strohbecke joined Maxeon in March 2021 from Micron Technology, where he served as the Vice President Finance and Global Operations Controller.
Prior to Micron Technology, he has been working for ten years as CFO at Inotera Memories, a memory semiconductor manufacturing company located in Taiwan that he helped list on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 2006.
Before that, Mr. Strohbecke held various management roles with increasing responsibility at Infineon and Siemens Semiconductor Group.
Mr. Strohbecke holds a Bachelor-equivalent degree in Business Administration from Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Mannheim, Germany, and a joint Executive MBA degree from Tsinghua University (Beijing) and INSEAD.
Lindsey Wiedmann is our Chief Legal Officer and leads our global legal and sustainability teams. During her decade with SunPower, she has supported the residential, commercial and power plant business units globally with legal teams in France, Mexico and the United States. Ms. Wiedmann was also the lead SunPower attorney for 8point3 Energy Partners LP’s initial public offering in 2015 and nearly three years of acquisitions and operational activity as a public company. Prior to joining SunPower, Ms. Wiedmann spent six years practicing project finance at Latham & Watkins LLP in San Francisco and Singapore. Ms. Wiedmann received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School.
Dr. Markus Sickmöller
Dr. Markus Sickmöller is our Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for manufacturing, quality, supply chain, cell technology deployment, and EHS globally. He joined SunPower in late 2015 to start the Fab 4 cell factory in the Philippines and took more operational responsibilities in the years leading to his role as head of operations for SunPower in July 2019. Markus joined SunPower from his role as Chief Operating Officer of Silicon Line GmbH in Germany. Before that Markus held positions in operations and research and development in the semiconductor industry for more than two decades with Siemens, Infineon and Qimonda in Germany, Malaysia, and Taiwan having local and global responsibilities. Dr. Sickmöller holds a Diploma degree (Master of Science equivalent) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Braunschweig, Germany and a Doctorate Title in Optoelectronics from the University of Ulm.
Peter Aschenbrenner is our Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to Maxeon Solar Technologies he served 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. Mr. Aschenbrenner graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in product design.
Tiffany See joined Maxeon Solar Technologies in August 2020 as our Chief Human Resources Officer. An experienced Human Resources leader, she is joining from BHP, a global resources company. Prior to BHP, Ms. See was Executive Director, Human Resources (Asia), for Dell Technologies, where she spent 17 years in a variety of Human Resources leadership positions. Ms. See holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Newcastle (Australia), and Bachelor of Laws from University of New England (Australia). She has lived and worked in Singapore for 17 years, and prior to that in Penang, Malaysia. Ms. See is also a Certified Solution Focused Coach.
Ralf Elias, who joined Maxeon on July 1, 2021, is our Executive Vice President and Global Head of Distributed Generation (DG) Products. Mr. Elias brings more than two decades of executive experience to Maxeon, including serving as Global Vice President IoT/Global Business Development and Partnerships at Samsung Electronics. Prior to that, Mr. Elias worked for 14 years in various management roles with increasing responsibility at Vodafone Group, where he became Group Head of Products and Innovation, and General Manager Product Development. At Vodafone he led numerous innovative engineering and commercial projects for add-on services culminating in the development of the global SMART HOME and Consumer IoT strategy. Mr. Elias holds a Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Essen, and an MBA from the Technical University of Munich.
Mark Babcock is our Chief Revenue Officer and is responsible for all revenue generating processes, accelerating the company’s expansion strategy and international growth, and ensuring the best experience to installation partners, distributors and customers globally. Before joining Maxeon, Mark led Eurogility, a market entry consultancy. Prior to that, he held senior positions in the distributed generation solar businesses of Flex, SunEdison and SunPower Corporation, with regional and global responsibilities. He has also held management roles at Carrier Corporation and United Technologies Fire and Security and has spent more than twenty years living in Europe. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sewanee - The University of the South, and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.