Hanwha Group has hired Danny O’Brien, senior vice president of Fox Corporation, who served as chief of staff to US President Joe Biden when Biden was a senator. Hanwha Group’s recruitment of O’Brien aims to actively respond to changes in U.S. policies such as the implementation of the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), analysts say.
According to industry sources on March 8, Hanwha Solutions’ Q CELLS recently hired O’Brien as senior vice president and general manager of its North American subsidiary.
Newly appointed Senior Vice President O’Brien served as a senior advisor in the U.S. Senate and served as chief of staff to Senator Biden and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez at the time. He also served as a key adviser to Biden during the 2008 presidential campaign when Biden was Barack Obama’s running mate.
Afterwards, O’Brien served as a senior executive at General Electric (GE). Since leaving GE, has worked as executive vice president and head of government relations for Fox Corporation.
Beginning from this year when the IRA takes effect in earnest, companies producing solar products in the United States will become eligible for U.S. government’s support in the form of tax credits. In the midst of this, Hanwha Solutions has decided to build a solar hub, the largest solar integrated production complex in North America, by investing 3.2 trillion won (US$2.4 billion) in the state of Georgia in the United States by 2024.