John W. Palmer
Clean Technology 2008
John W. Palmer

John W. Palmer

President and Chief Executive Officer
Vanguard Solar

John W. Palmer, President and CEO, is a founder of VANGUARD SOLAR and joined the company in January 2007. Prior to this he was an executive and officer for seventeen years with Biogen Idec, Inc., a leading worldwide biotechnology company. During his tenure he had responsibilities for nearly all aspects of this fast-growing, high-technology company including product development and clinical trials management, international operations start-ups in Europe, Japan and Australia, very large-scale manufacturing construction and management on two continents and business development, licensing and M&A leadership. His last position was as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Immunology Business Unit responsible for North American sales and marketing. Before Biogen Mr. Palmer was a marketing and new product development executive with General Foods Corporation, President/COO of a successful health services venture start-up and a Manager with a top strategy consulting firm. He has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was an Army Officer (Airborne/Ranger) for five years. Mr. Palmer has lived and worked in the Boston area for nearly twenty years.