Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> June 28, 2010
Solar Thin Films, Inc. – Robert Rubin
Robert Rubin has served as CEO of Solar Thin Films, Inc., since April 2009 and has focused on positioning STF as a supplier of low-cost solutions for photovoltaic manufacturing and modules, including both thin-film and poly-crystalline offerings, both through organic growth and acquisition. His primary focus is on acquisitions and financial structuring, as well as providing necessary support to operational teams within STF and its subsidiaries. Mr. Rubin has been a successful entrepreneur and financier for growth-stage companies. As board member and Interim Chief Financial Officer of Solar Thin Films from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Rubin was actively involved in arranging requisite financing and defining corporate strategy. Throughout his career, he has owned, operated and financed numerous companies, including his first NYSE-listed company, Lifetime Corp. Since then, Mr. Rubin has been involved in dozens of financings, including the IPO of Metro Media Fiber Optics, which reached a market capitalization of $20 billion and was the largest Nasdaq percentage gainer for three straight years; a $60 million financing for Eclipse Surgical through Paine Webber; a reverse merger with Software Toolworks, which grew sales to $180 million and was subsequently sold for $750 million to Pearson; Stat Healthcare, sold to Laidlaw for $400 million; and the IPO of Orthopedic Technology, later sold for $300 million. Profile
TWST: Please start with a broad history of Solar Thin Films.
Mr. Rubin: I got involved with Solar Thin Films (SLTZ) in 2005. It was a company that was created out of the breakdown in communism in the