Kaleta, 58, will have comprehensive leadership responsibility for First Solar’s global Legal function, effective March 3, 2014.
“Paul’s notable experience in the energy sector is a considerable asset to First Solar,” said First Solar Chief Executive Officer Jim Hughes. “He is a seasoned professional, with more than twenty years of experience as a General Counsel, who brings highly relevant, market-specific depth to our leadership team.”
Most recently, Kaleta was Executive Vice President, Shared Services, General Counsel & Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, for NV Energy, Inc. Before that, he was Vice President and General Counsel for Koch Industries, Inc. He also served in a number of Legal and other leadership roles for Koch companies. Before joining Koch, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (now part of National Grid), and was a partner in the law firm Swidler & Berlin and an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He also served as a federal judicial clerk.
Kaleta earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.
About First Solar, Inc.
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