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, Mr. 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.
Kai Strohbecke who joined Maxeon on March 15, 2021 is our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Strohbecke most recently served as the Vice President Finance and Global Operations Controller for Micron Technology. Prior to 2013, he served 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 2003, Mr. Strohbecke worked in various management roles with increasing responsibility at Infineon and Siemens Semiconductor Group. Mr. Strohbecke holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Berufsakademie Mannheim, Germany and a joint EMBA 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 before continuing with Maxeon in 2020, she has provided legal expertise in the areas of project finance and development, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, compliance, disputes and other significant matters in support of 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
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 Maxeon 3 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. Dr. Sickmöller joined SunPower from his role as Chief Operating Officer of Silicon Line GmbH in Germany. Before that Dr. Sickmöller 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 joining Maxeon he served as SunPower’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, responsible for driving SunPower’s strategy, mergers and acquisition and business activities. Previously, he was SunPower’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 in 2003, Mr. Aschenbrenner served as Senior Vice President of Global Operations at AstroPower, Inc., a solar product manufacturing company. He has more than 40 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.
Mark Babcock is our Chief Revenue Officer and is responsible for all revenue generating processes, accelerating our expansion strategy and international growth, and ensuring the best experience to installation partners, distributors and customers globally. Before joining Maxeon, Mr. Babcock 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. Mr. Babcock holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sewanee - The University of the South, and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.
Tiffany See is our Chief Human Resources Officer and is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. Before joining Maxeon, since November 2018, she was Head of Asia- Human Resources at 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 a Bachelor of Laws from University of New England (Australia). Ms. See is also a Certified Solution Focused Coach.
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.