Thomas Werner, chief executive officer of SunPower Corporation, has been named to the board of directors for Cree.

SunPower is a manufacturer of solar cells and solar panels. Werner is also a director on the board of the firm, which is based in Sunnyvale CA.

“Tom’s technology experience and insight as CEO of a solar cell company working to improve the supply side of the global energy equation will expand the breadth and strength of our board,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This insight should be very helpful to Cree as we pursue our strategy to improve the demand side of the energy equation through more efficient (light-emitting diode) lighting and power switching products.”