Vivint innovates with new position

Vivint is the second prominent home security/home automation company—ADT was first—to create and fill an innovation officer job
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

PROVO, Utah—Vivint announced today that it has created a new position—chief strategy and innovation officer—and has named Matthew Eyring, a prominent strategy consultant, to the job.

Eyring most recently was the managing partner of Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm. Vivint said Eyring “will lead the organization’s directional growth initiatives in home automation, residential security and solar markets as well as provide guidance and direction on new initiatives.”

Vivint, based here, is the second home security/home automation leader to recently add an innovation officer to its team. The ADT Corp. in October announced the hiring of cable industry veteran Arthur Orduña.

According to a prepared statement from Vivint COO Alex Dunn, the company is intensifying its innovation efforts.

“Our intense focus on market-leading innovation is a huge part of Vivint’s continued success,” Dunn said. “With Matt’s experience helping some of the world’s best companies innovate and grow, he is well positioned to further Vivint’s reputation as a leading technology company.”

Eyring joined Innosight, which was co-founded by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, in 2001. Eyring led worldwide strategy and operations, as well as the health care and emerging markets practices, according to the news release.

Before joining Innosight, Eyring was VP and general manager at LavaStorm, an Internet professional services company, the release said. He also worked as a product manager in the cardiac surgery division of medical device manufacturer Medtronic.

Eyring currently serves on the board of Virgin Health Miles, part of the United Kingdom-based Virgin Group, and is a technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Innovation Fellows program. He is the co-author of several Harvard Business Review articles, including a recent article titled “Two Routes to Resilience.”

“This is an exciting time to join Vivint,” Eyring said in a prepared statement. “Throughout my career, I have been drawn to high-growth opportunities where cutting-edge technology and innovation can unlock tremendous value for customers. Vivint fits that description, and I look forward to overseeing the company’s future growth.”

Eyring graduated from the University of Utah with an economics degree and holds a master’s from the Harvard Business School, according to Vivint.

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