SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced that Surinder S. Bedi has been appointed vice president of global quality and customer satisfaction. In this role, he will drive the company's quality programs and strategic continual improvement initiatives.
"As we continue to drive our business to scale, we are excited to draw the exceptional talent that Surinder brings to SunPower," said Tom Werner, chief executive officer at SunPower Corp. "Surinder is the top in his field and we welcome him to our team."
Bedi joins SunPower with more than 20 years of semiconductor experience. His expertise includes the design and deployment of world-class quality and reliability systems, streamlining new product introductions and improving manufacturing efficiencies. Most recently, Bedi was vice president of global quality and reliability at FormFactor, Inc. Prior to that, he served as vice president of global quality and product reliability at Applied Materials, and was also the chairman of the quality steering board. During his 10 years at Applied Materials, he was instrumental in helping the company to achieve world-class quality and to develop reliable systems that earned numerous customer quality awards. Previously, he led strategic quality initiatives at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) and National Semiconductor Corp. Bedi earned a bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University, India, a masters of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio University, and is a graduate of executive training from Stanford University. He holds 11 technology patents from the semiconductor equipment industry.
"I am excited to join such a remarkable company at this point in its growth," Bedi said. "I look forward to implementing the global programs that will set new standards and controls for driving world-class quality."
SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar cells and solar panels generate up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar technologies and have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.sunpowercorp.com/. SunPower is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY).
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