P’ng Soo Hong

Managing Director, First Solar Malaysia

Dato’ P’ng Soo Hong (P’ng) is the Vice President of Manufacturing Operations and Managing Director of First Solar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. He oversees the company’s overall strategic direction and is responsible towards the company’s operations, EHS, Quality & Reliability, Human Resources, Finance, IT and Supply Chain performance.

P’ng joined First Solar in October 2008. Prior to First Solar, he was attached to Intel Corporation and had served the company for 17 years after graduating from university.

While at Intel, P’ng had the opportunity to lead several major functions, which include Operation Management, Manufacturing System/Process, and Supply Chain Management development. He was the General Manager for Intel’s largest Assembly-Test Chipset Operation in Chengdu, China, from 2004 to 2007. It was also the company which he helped start-up. After his assignment there, he was relocated to Intel’s 300mm Fab at Arizona.

P’ng currently is the Chairman of Malaysian Alternative & Renewable Industry (MARI), the President of Kulim Industrial Tenants Association (KITA), the Board of Governor of American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), the Director of Junior Achievement (JA) Malaysia, the Board of Director of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MiGHT), the Board of Director of Penang State Sports Council, and the Vice President of Penang Volleyball Association.

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