New Executives at Intevac and Baylor Solar Energy

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Baylor Solar Energy names Bill Best to the Board of Directors; Intevac appoints Jay Cho as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Thin Film Equipment. Michael Russak, current Executive Vice President and General Manager of Hard Disk Equipment Products, will transition to the new position of Executive Advisor at Intevac. 

A few solar executive changes were announced today, at Baylor Solar Energy and Intevac.

Baylor Solar Energy, a Honolulu-based commercial and residential solar company, has named Bill Best to the Board of Directors. Bill Best serves as the Managing Principal for Bayshore Capital, a Canada-based private equity firm. Best is a CPA, CA who has had a 30-year career holding the roles of CFO, COO, and CEO in a variety of sectors.

“Bill has extraordinary finance and business expertise and brings a wealth of leadership experience driving high growth companies to public offerings. Baylor Solar Energy is extremely pleased to welcome Bill Best to our Board of Directors,” said Andrew Duggan, Baylor Solar Energy Chairman, President and CEO. “As we continue our transformation to a leading clean energy efficiency services company, Bill will bring important skill sets and deep experience to our Board,” added Duggan.

Intevac has appointed Jay C. Cho as Executive Vice President and General Manager of of Thin Film Equipment. Michael Russak, current Executive Vice President and General Manager of Hard Disk Equipment Products, will transition to the new position of Executive Advisor.

Cho brings to Intevac over 25 years of senior management and technical experience in the high-technology industry. He joins the company from REEnewal Corporation, which he founded and where he had served as CEO since 2011.

Russak has been managing Intevac’s hard drive equipment business since 2008, and will assume his role as Executive Advisor effective immediately. As a renowned expert in the hard drive industry, Russak will provide advice, direction, and insight to the company’s executive team and Board of Directors, and in particular, continue to be engaged with thin-film equipment technology and products for the hard drive industry. In addition, the new executive advisor will be part of the corporate strategy team that sets the technical and business direction for the company.