Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Waters is our Chief Executive Officer and, prior to the separation and spin-off, led the SunPower Technologies business unit of SunPower since January 2019, 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 U.S. 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.
Kevin Kennedy will serve as an independent director and Chairman of Maxeon Solar’s Board. Dr. Kennedy currently serves as CEO of a small technology startup and was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avaya Inc., a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services. Prior to joining Avaya in January 2009, Dr. Kennedy was President and CEO of JDS Uniphase Corporation and has worked in various senior management roles in multinational telecom companies including Cisco Systems and Bell Laboratories. In 1987, Dr. Kennedy was a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In January 2011, he was appointed to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee by U.S. President Barack Obama. Dr. Kennedy also currently serves on the board of directors for UL Inc, KLA-Tencor Corporation and Digital Realty Trust, L.P. He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, as well as Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Rutgers University.
Donald Colvin will serve as an independent director for Maxeon Solar’s Board and Chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. Colvin also serves as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee for UTAC Group in Singapore, Viavi Solutions and Agilysys. Mr. Colvin has served on other boards throughout his career, including as an independent director on the audit committee for Applied Micro Circuits Corporation and Isola and an advisory board member for Conexant Systems. Mr. Colvin was interim Chief Financial Officer for Isola during 2015 and 2016, appointed by their Board to restructure the company, and prior to this was Chief Financial Officer of Caesars Entertainment Corporation from November 2012 to January 2015. Mr. Colvin has also served as Chief Financial Officer for ON Semiconductor Corp., Amtel Corporation and European Silicon Structures. Mr. Colvin has also held a number of financial leadership positions for multinational companies. Mr. Colvin holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and an Master of Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.
Chee Keong Yap
Chee Keong Yap will serve as an independent director on Maxeon Solar’s Board of Directors. Mr. Yap also serves as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee or audit & risk committee for Olam International, Sembcorp Industries, Shangri-La Asia, Certis Cisco Security, Ensign InfoSecurity and Mediacorp. Mr. Yap has served on other boards throughout his career, including the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, and he was a member of the Public Accountants Oversight Committee (a Board committee under ACRA). In addition to his board experience, Mr. Yap was the Executive Director of the Straits Trading Group and the Chief Financial Officer of the Singapore Power Group. He has also worked in various senior management roles in multinational and listed companies. Mr. Yap holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Mr. Shen Haoping will serve as a director designated by Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TZS) on Maxeon Solar’s Board of Directors. He is the CEO of Tianjin Zhonghuan Electronics and Information (Group) Co., Ltd and Chairman and CEO of TZS. He was awarded the special allowance of the State Council and the 2015 National Model Worker. Mr. Shen Haoping has many years of experience in the design and manufacture of semiconductor and photovoltaic mono silicon materials. He has presided over several national and provincial R&D projects, led the company to win the industry and government honors such as municipal science and technology progress award, China patent excellence award, national innovation-oriented enterprise and Forbes China potential enterprise. Under Mr. Shen Haoping’s leadership, the company built a world leading photovoltaic silicon ingot and wafer R&D, manufacture and sales capacity. He also served as General Manager and other leadership positions of Tianjin HuanOu Semiconductor Materials Technology Co., Ltd. Mr. Shen Haoping received his Bachelor’s Degree in semiconductor physics from Lanzhou University.
Ms. Zhang Changxu will serve as a director designated by Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TZS) on Maxeon Solar’s Board of Directors. Ms. Zhang Changxu is currently a Board Director and the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd (TZS) and the Chairman of Huanshen Photovoltaic (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. Previously, she served various leadership roles for TZS, including as Chief Financial Officer of Inner Mongolia Zhonghuan Photovoltaic Material Co. Ltd., CFO and General Manager of Tianjin Huanou Semiconductor Materials and Technology Co., Ltd. Ms. Zhang has extensive experience in corporate management from her management roles in finance, sales and marketing, supply chain and comprehensive planning. She has with Master’s Degree of software engineering from Tongji University and a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Shanxi University of Finance and Economics.
Mr. Wang Yan will serve as a director designated by Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TZS) on Maxeon Solar’s Board of Directors. Mr. Wang Yan is the Vice President of TZS and the CEO of Huansheng Photovoltaic (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. Earlier in his career, he served as Chairman of Huanou International Silicon Material Co., Ltd., General Manager of Inner Mongolia Zhonghuan Photovoltaic Material Co., Ltd .Mr. Wang Yan received his Bachelor’s Degree in information and electronic science from Tianjin University.
Lee Young will serve as a director designated by Total Solar INTL SAS (Total) on Maxeon Solar’s Board of Directors. Since 2016, Mr. Young has been the Legal Director Corporate Transactions for Total SA (mergers and acquisitions, project finance, corporate finance and anti-trust). He joined Total Group in 2003 and has served as the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Total UK (Refining & Marketing), on the management committee and the Board of Total UK. Mr. Young was also the Corporate Affairs Director for Rontec Investments LLP. He began his career in Investment Fund Management before qualifying as a Solicitor and remaining in private practice for several years, specializing in corporate law and litigation. Mr. Young graduated law from the universities of Manchester (LLB) and Westminster (LPC) and BPP Law School and has been admitted to the roll of Solicitors in England & Wales since 2000.
Erick Chabanne will serve as a director designated by Total Solar INTL SAS (Total) on Maxeon Solar’s Board of Directors. Mr. Chabanne is the Vice President Corporate Affairs of Marketing & Services for Asia-Pacific & Middle East for Total, located in Singapore. He has held various positions within the Total Group since 1990 in the downstream division, including Chief Financial Officer in Cameroon and Kenya, Managing Director of the subsidiaries in Zambia and Réunion, Director of Safety/Health/Environment and Sustainable Development for Africa and Middle East Division, Vice President Corporate Affairs of Totalgaz in France and Head of Department of Management Control for the Marketing & Services Division. Mr. Chabanne graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and E.S.L.S.C.A Business School.
Rémi Bourgeois will serve as a director designated by Total Solar INTL SAS (Total) on Maxeon Solar’s Board of Directors. Mr. Bourgeois is the Chief Operations Officer of Total Renewables and has responsibility for the engineering, design, construction, performance, operations and maintenance for Total Renewables’ 3GW of solar and wind projects in operation. Previously, he was the Vice President of Operations for Total Solar and from 2012 to 2015, he was seconded to SunPower and was the Project Director for the largest photovoltaic facility in the United States (Solar Star, 747MWp). Mr. Bourgeois has also held various other technological and operational roles within Total Gas & Power. Prior to joining Total, he held various roles at Alstom Power. Mr. Bourgeois has his Master’s Degree in electrical engineering, with a specialization in energy systems, from Supélec.