SAN JOSE, Calif. — GAF Energy has announced two key advancements on its leadership team. The promotions, Gabriela "Gabi" Bunea as chief solar innovation officer, and Ralph Robinett as senior vice president, manufacturing and deployment, position the company for continued growth and innovation following the launch of their award-winning solar roof, Timberline Solar™. Developed and assembled in California, Timberline Solar is the only solar roofing system to directly integrate solar technology into traditional roofing processes and materials.
"Execution in innovation and manufacturing are critical to taking residential rooftop solar from a niche product to reaching our vision of energy from every roof. Gabi and Ralph have proven their determination, leadership, and ability to deliver industry-changing products. They have been essential leaders on the team that brought the award-winning Timberline Solar to market," said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy. "I'm thrilled to continue working alongside them and our entire team to transform more and more roofs into solar roofs."
Gabriela Bunea, Chief Solar Innovation Officer
Bunea creates world-changing technology and believes in combining solar energy generation with sustainable building materials. She brings 20 years of extensive technical experience and leadership in the solar and microelectronics industries to GAF Energy, most recently as vice president of research, development and deployment at SunPower Corporation. Prior to that, she held multiple roles managing module research, development, deployment and product design at SunPower, and previously worked as a member of the technical staff in the microelectronics division at Lucent Technology. She holds a doctorate in Physics from Boston University and is an active member in IEEE Women in Engineering.
Ralph Robinett, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Deployment
Robinett brings the world-changing innovations of GAF Energy to mass production. Before joining GAF Energy, Ralph held senior leadership positions in global operations, manufacturing, engineering and quality in the solar, electronics, and semiconductor industries. Most recently, he was the vice president of operations at Celestica. Prior to that, he was the vice president of operations at SunPower Corporation, where he led SunPower's solar panel manufacturing and operational excellence organizations.