LEHI, Utah, May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) today announced the appointment of David Bywater as the Company's Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis. Mr. Bywater joins from Vivint Smart Home ("Vivint") where he has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2013. Mr. Bywater succeeds the current Chief Executive Officer Greg Butterfield, who is stepping down from his role. Vivint Solar will begin a search for a permanent CEO in the coming weeks.
"We are pleased to have David join Vivint Solar as we move into our next stage of growth," said Peter Wallace, Chairman of the Board. "David is a seasoned executive and a proven operator with more than 20 years of experience consulting and running some of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the world. He has been instrumental in managing the rapid growth at Vivint Smart Home while also improving operations and profitability. We feel strongly that he is well positioned to help guide Vivint Solar forward."
"On behalf of the entire Board, I'd like to thank Greg for his many contributions," added Mr. Wallace. "He helped to build Vivint Solar into a leader in the solar industry and established the foundation for continued success."
"I'm excited to be joining a stellar team," said Mr. Bywater. "We believe Vivint Solar is a great company that is well positioned to be a leader in the rapidly growing distributed solar sector. I look forward to working with the Board, the management team, and our employees and partners to continue to drive operational excellence and growth as we further the already tremendous accomplishments of this young company."
Adds Mr. Butterfield, "It has been an honor to lead Vivint Solar. I'm proud of the company that we've built into a leader in the solar industry. I am confident that Vivint Solar will continue to build upon its strong history of success with the Board and David's leadership."
In his previous role at Vivint, Mr. Bywater was responsible for customer operations, human resources, field service and supply chain management for the nation's leading provider of smart home technology, now serving more than a million customers. Before joining Vivint, Bywater spent 10 years working at Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), one of the largest BPO and ITO companies in the world. During his tenure with ACS, he was responsible for the management of several business units, which encapsulated more than 60 different companies. Most recently, Bywater served as an Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer for Xerox and was the Chief Operating Officer of its $1.8 billion State Government Services Business. Bywater holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
About Vivint Solar
Vivint Solar is a leading provider of distributed solar energy systems – electricity generated by a solar energy system installed at a customer's location – to residential customers in the United States. Vivint Solar's customers pay little to no money upfront, receive significant savings relative to utility generated electricity rates and continue to benefit from guaranteed energy prices over the 20-year term of their contracts. Vivint Solar finances, designs, installs, monitors and services the solar energy systems to make things easy for its customers. For more information, visit www.vivintsolar.com or follow @VivintSolar.
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