SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 3, 2007
FIRST SOLAR, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
4050 East Cotton Center Boulevard
Building 6, Suite 68
Phoenix, Arizona 85040
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (602) 414-9300
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of
Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
First Solar announced today that George A. (Chip) Hambro has decided to transition from his daily
role as Chief Operating Officer to Vice President, effective
May 3, 2007. As Vice President, Mr. Hambro will contribute to
First Solars key technology related efforts.
In connection with Mr. Hambros new position, First Solar and Mr. Hambro entered into an Amended
and Restated Employment Agreement on May 3, 2007. The term of Mr. Hambros employment agreement is
from May 3, 2007 to June 30, 2009. Under the employment agreement, Mr. Hambro is entitled to an
annual base salary of $300,000 and is also entitled to participate in First Solars benefit plans
and programs. If during the term of the agreement, Mr. Hambro is deemed to no longer qualify for
any First Solar benefit plan, First Solar will reimburse Mr. Hambro for his costs of obtaining
equivalent benefits. In addition, Mr. Hambro will be reimbursed for business expenses.
Pursuant to his employment agreement, Mr. Hambros options will vest in full upon the completion of
the original term of the employment agreement. As of the date of the employment agreement, Mr.
Hambro is vested with respect to options to purchase 923,925 First Solar shares, and First Solar
agreed to permit continued exercisability of such options without regard to his future termination
The employment agreement with Mr. Hambro also provides that, in the event Mr. Hambros employment
is terminated by First Solar without cause or due to death or disability, Mr. Hambro will receive
the following payments and benefits: (a) a lump sum severance payment in the amount equal to (i)
$600,000, minus any base salary either previously paid or accrued and unpaid to Mr. Hambro during
the term of the employment agreement, (ii) the dollar value of any accrued and unpaid vacation and
(iii) any accrued and unpaid base salary; (b) vesting of all unvested options on the termination
date, and in the case of a termination by First Solar without cause, continued exercisability of
such options until the later of the original term of the employment agreement and 180 days
following such termination; and (c) payment of Mr. Hambros premiums for continuation medical
coverage until the earliest of June 30, 2009, the date Mr. Hambro receives comparable coverage from
another employer and the date continuation coverage ends under the applicable plan or law. Mr.
Hambro must sign a release in order to receive these severance payments and benefits.
Under the terms of the employment agreement, Mr. Hambro has agreed not to disclose any confidential
information concerning First Solars business, including without limitation First Solars
confidential designs and processes. In addition, Mr. Hambro has agreed not to compete with First
Solar or solicit or hire any First Solar associates during the later of (a) three years following
May 1, 2007 and (b) one year following the termination of Mr. Hambros employment.