Chip Hambro has extensive experience leading the R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Operational, and general business functions of technology companies (large multinational corporations as well as small firms), with particular emphasis on turn-arounds and start-ups.


Chip joined early stage start-up First Solar in 2001, and as General Manager, and later COO, led the turn-around, technology development, and scale up of the company that is now the largest photovoltaic solar manufacturer in the western hemisphere. He retired from day to day operations in 2009, but still chairs the technology committee of the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining First Solar, he held positions of Vice President of Engineering & Business Development for Goodrich Aerospace, Vice President of Operations at ITT Night Vision, and various technical management positions at Varian Associates.

Currently, Chip is an Operating Partner at True North Venture Partners, where he serves on the board of portfolio company Aquahydrex, and he recently retired from the board of View Inc, the world’s largest electrochromic glass window manufacturer.

Chip graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science (Applied Physics).