Sungevity Inc. Adds Four Senior Executives To Management Team

Leading Residential Solar Company's Sustained Business Momentum Spurs Investment in Key Leadership

Sep 10, 2012, 09:00 ET from Sungevity

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sungevity® Inc., a recognized global leader in the residential solar market, today announced the recent appointments of four senior executives to the company's management team. Over the past three months, new hires on board with Sungevity include David Dunlap as its Chief Operations Officer (COO), Steve Atherton as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Walter Conroy as its General Counsel and Liz Ludwig as its Vice President of Corporate Business Development.

"In light of our steady growth – in the past two years alone, our customer base has quadrupled - these four leaders are key to not only upholding this momentum, but also to poising us for growth in the long term," said Andrew Birch, CEO, Sungevity.  "This high-caliber bench strength – alongside our current leadership – allows us to further leverage our highly-scalable business model and take advantage of market opportunities."

In a newly-created position, Dunlap oversees the company's customer-facing operational functions as COO, reporting directly to Andrew Birch. Dunlap was most recently Executive Vice President, Operations and Client Services at Inside Track, Inc., a leading educational services company, where he contributed to year-over-year double-digit growth through dedicated productivity and retention efforts.

Steve Atherton recently joined Sungevity as CTO, having previously served as the Vice President of Engineering for SunRun.  With more than 25 years of industry experience, Atherton brings a proven track record of building and optimizing technical organizations to the company. He also reports directly to Birch.

Walter Conroy joins the Sungevity leadership team from SunEdison, where he served as Head of Legal for the company's global special situations group. Prior to SunEdison, he was a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP.  Conroy is also an accomplished author and frequent industry speaker in the legal arena. As General Counsel at Sungevity, Conroy will report directly to Birch.

As the newest member of the Sungevity leadership team, Liz Ludwig serves as Vice President of Corporate Business Development. Prior to Sungevity, she held a range of progressive executive roles with Black & Decker spanning the past decade.  An award-winning executive with advanced degrees in marketing from both the Kellogg School of Management and the University of San Francisco, she brings 16 years of Fortune 300 experience to the company, ranging from strategic planning to brand marketing to channel development.  Ludwig will report directly to Patrick Crane, Sungevity's Chief Marketing Officer.

This announcement is the latest in a series of corporate developments at Sungevity, including:

  • An exclusive national partnership with The Sierra Club, the nation's largest environmental organization, to help families go solar easily and affordably with incentives for new customers, and
  • A joint venture partnership with Nickel Energy to form Sungevity Australia, a new company that will provide Australian homeowners with the first ever pay-as-you-go solar option.

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About Sungevity

Sungevity's online iQuote process and solar lease program make it easy and affordable for homeowners to benefit from solar power. Leveraging web-based solar analytics and satellite imagery, Sungevity can deliver a firm quote within 24 hours without a home visit and provide homeowners with immediate savings on their electricity bills. This affordability and ease of use, combined with Sungevity's solar social network strategy, is all part of Sungevity's mission to accelerate solar into the mainstream. Aligned with Sungevity's mission and values, the company is recognized as a B Corp, a new type of corporation that harnesses the power of private enterprise to create public benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. Sungevity was recognized by B Corp as one of the "Best for the World" companies for using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. For more information, visit

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