MEMC Appoints Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer

Stephen O'Rourke and Scott Weisberg Join Executive Leadership Team

Oct 08, 2010, 08:30 ET from MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.

ST. PETERS, Mo., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR) today announced two additions to its corporate leadership team.  The new executives will drive achievement at MEMC as the company works to provide the highest value products and services to its semiconductor and solar industry customers around the world.

Stephen O'Rourke joins MEMC as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).  As CSO, Mr. O'Rourke will work with the senior leadership team to drive new and sustainable corporate strategies, research and define new business development opportunities, and advance investment activities in all of MEMC's business segments.  He also oversees the company's communications, market research and new business development teams.

Mr. O'Rourke was most recently Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities where he was responsible for the company's clean energy and semiconductor capital-equipment equity research practice.  Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. O'Rourke held management and leadership positions with Piper Jaffray, Robertson Stephens, Everdream Corporation, and Applied Materials, Inc.  

Also joining the MEMC executive leadership team is Scott Weisberg.  As Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office (CHRO), Mr. Weisberg leads worldwide human resources, which includes management of employee recruiting and retention, total reward programs, professional development, labor relations and other activities affecting MEMCs workforce.

Mr. Weisberg was previously Vice President, Human Resources at General Mills where he was responsible for all aspects of human resources for the company's $10 billion U.S. retail businesses. Prior to working for General Mills, Mr. Weisberg held a variety of human resource positions with Nabisco and PepsiCo.

"These changes solidify our corporate leadership team in support of our business growth," said Ahmad Chatila, MEMC's Chief Executive Officer. "Stephen brings knowledge and experience to MEMC that will drive strategic initiatives and create value for our shareholders. Scott's addition to our team helps us compete and succeed with talented, engaged and customer-focused employees," added Chatila.  

About MEMC

MEMC is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of wafers and related intermediate products to the semiconductor and solar industries. Through its SunEdison subsidiary, MEMC is also a developer of solar power projects and North America's largest solar energy services provider.

MEMC has been a pioneer in the design and development of silicon wafer technologies for 50 years. With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, MEMC enables the next generation of high performance semiconductor devices and solar cells.

MEMC's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "WFR" and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information about MEMC, please visit

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