Competitor reportedly scores CEO from Vivint Solar

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PROVO, Utah—Former Vivint Solar CEO Tanguy Serra has left the company and been hired by SolarCity, a solar energy company based in San Mateo, Calif., according to an article today from pandodaily.com, which notes that Serra’s LinkedIn profile “appears to confirm the move.”

The April 23 report also said SolarCity confirmed it had made Serra a job offer but said he had not yet started working there.

Serra spent 12 months leading Vivint Solar, with the company announcing his departure on April 1. Vivint said that Serra had stepped down as CEO and that Vivint President Alex Dunn would be interim CEO.

At Vivint Solar, Serra helped grow the solar energy subsidiary of Vivint to 600 employees, and about 6,000 customers, the report said, making it the second largest solar company in the United States behind SolarCity, which has 31,000 customers.

At the time of Serra’s departure, Vivint said he would remain with Vivint Solar in an advisory capacity. However, the pandodaily.com report noted, “given the inherent conflict introduced by his new role with SolarCity, this seems implausible.”