SHANGHAI, CHINA: Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd announced that DK Kim will return to the company as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) effective immediately.
Kim had previously served as Chief Strategy Officer of Hanwha SolarOne from December 2011 until July 2013 and was a member of the Board of Directors from December 2010 until July 2013. Mr. Kim is joining from another Hanwha Group solar portfolio company Hanwha Q CELLS, where he served as Chief Strategic Marketing Officer since August of 2013.
While at Hanwha Q CELLS, Kim was instrumental in developing new markets for the company, expanding downstream business opportunities, and returning the company to profitability.
DK Kim noted: "I am pleased to return to Hanwha SolarOne and contribute to improving the company's commercial presence in a number of important markets. These include Japan, where we have a first-mover advantage and strong brand, and the growing China market, where we intend to build a larger presence including downstream opportunities.
"With the price of solar systems beginning to approach grid parity in a number of countries throughout the world, we are prepared to expand the Hanwha brand into new emerging markets including Africa, the Middle East and Latin and South America."