Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Lyndon Rive is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SolarCity. He has grown the company from two to more than 6,000 employees and helped it become one of the most recognizable brands in clean energy in seven years. Lyndon has led the company's efforts to raise funds sufficient to finance more than $4 billion on solar projects from a range of investors, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Google, PG&E Corporation and U.S. Bancorp. He has also helped the company enter a range of new markets to serve more than 300 schools and universities, more than 100 regional and national homebuilders, and major organizations including eBay, Intel, Walmart and the U.S. Military. Prior to SolarCity, Lyndon co-founded Everdream, an industry leader in software and services for large-scale, distributed computer management. Lyndon negotiated the company's partnership with Dell Computer, which acquired Everdream in 2007. A lifelong entrepreneur, Lyndon founded his first company at the age of 17, and in his spare time has been a member of the U.S. National Underwater Hockey Team.
Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Peter Rive is SolarCity's co-founder and CTO, overseeing the company's technology development. Peter has helped grow SolarCity into the largest full-service solar provider in the nation— the company is currently providing one in every three new residential solar systems in the U.S. In his role as chief technology officer, Peter oversees the development of SolarCity's next-generation software and hardware technologies, including battery systems and solar mounting hardware. Peter’s passion for solar is centered around a concern for climate change and the belief that solar represents the most practical path to sustainable energy production. He continues to push the boundaries of solar operations and technology with the goal of achieving breakthroughs in cost reductions and 24-hour energy delivery.
Peter has held several senior technology positions throughout his career focused on streamlining operational activities through the use of advanced software. Before he co-founded SolarCity, Peter held the position of chief technology officer at Everdream, where he designed a software platform to centralize computer management. Everdream was acquired by Dell in 2007.
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Hayes Barnard focuses on the ways in which consumers, businesses and government organizations can switch to cleaner energy at a lower cost, through a range of integrated solutions. Prior to joining SolarCity, Hayes was the chairman and CEO of Paramount Equity, a consumer finance company specializing in mortgage, insurance, and residential solar. By midyear 2013, Paramount Equity had funded more than $12 billion in consumer financing, and helped over 55,000 families achieve greater savings since 2003. Hayes serves on the board of directors of Paramount G|R Holdings, LLC and also serves as President of the GivePower Foundation, SolarCity’s initiative to provide light via renewable energy to schools that lack access to electricity. Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from the University of Missouri.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Tanguy Serra oversees every facet of SolarCity's residential solar service delivery, from installation and maintenance to customer account management. Prior to SolarCity, Tanguy was the CEO of Vivint Solar, a company he co-founded in 2011 and grew into one of the largest residential solar providers in the U.S. in less than two years. Vivint Solar was acquired by the Blackstone Group in October 2012. Prior to his time at Vivint, Tanguy served for seven years as a vice president at TPG Capital, a global private investment firm with $48 billion of capital under management. He led TPG's investments in a range of companies in Europe, Asia and North America during his tenure. Prior to joining TPG, Tanguy successively served on Merrill Lynch's energy investment banking team, and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, the bank's private equity division. He has served on the boards of the TDF Group, an operator of shared facilities and terrestrial networks in Europeand HKE, a leading Chinese renewable energy company. Tanguy holds a bachelor's degree from ESCP in Paris.
Chief Financial Officer
Brad Buss is SolarCity’s chief financial officer, and oversees SolarCity’s global finance, accounting, structured finance and investor relations organizations. Brad has an extensive background in finance and operations, including experience in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and capital market transactions for both public and private companies. Prior to joining SolarCity, Brad served Cypress Semiconductor as chief financial officer from August 2005 to June 2014 and oversaw a range of significant achievements, including the IPO of the company’s SunPower subsidiary. Prior to joining Cypress, Brad served as vice president of finance at Altera Corp., and prior to that, as CFO of Wyle Electronics’ Atlas Services Division. He also served as a member of Cisco Systems’ worldwide sales finance team, and as chief financial officer at Zaffire Inc. Brad is currently a member of the board of directors of Tesla Motors and Cafepress. A native of Canada, he began his finance career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Toronto and Los Angeles, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from McMaster University and an honors business administration degree in finance and accounting from the University of Windsor.
Elon Musk is also founder and CEO of SpaceX—a space launch vehicle company. Prior to SpaceX, he co-founded PayPal, the world's leading electronic payment system, and served as the company's chairman and CEO. PayPal went public in early 2002 and was sold to eBay later that year for $1.5 billion. Elon's first company was an Internet software company called Zip2. He co-founded Zip2 in 1995, serving initially as CEO and then as CTO. Zip2 was sold to Compaq in 1999 for over $300 million in an all cash transaction. He is CEO and chairman of Tesla Motors, a new all-electric American car company. In addition, he is a trustee of the X Prize Foundation and the Musk Foundation, both of which have a strong interest in promoting renewable and environmentally friendly energy technologies.
Executive Vice President, Policy & Markets
John Stanton oversees SolarCity's work with federal and state government organizations on a wide range of renewable energy policy issues. Prior to SolarCity, Stanton was executive vice president and general counsel for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where he oversaw legal and government affairs for the solar industry's pre-eminent trade association. Among his accomplishments, he played a pivotal role in the 8-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), the most significant legislation in the industry's history. Prior to SEIA, Stanton acted as vice president for energy, climate and transportation programs at the National Environmental Trust (NET). Prior to NET, he served as legislative counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he advised Congress on the Clean Air Act. Stanton has served as a deputy attorney general for the state of New Jersey, where he focused on environmental litigation and regulation. He also served as counsel and director of the energy and environment committee at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Stanton earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane University, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. He is a member of the New Jersey and District of Columbia Bar Associations.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Seth Weissman is responsible for all aspects of SolarCity's legal affairs including transactional, governance, intellectual property, real estate and employment matters. Seth brings 20 years of experience representing Silicon Valley companies of all sizes and types during their maturation. Prior to joining SolarCity Seth was Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Privacy officer at Coremetrics, the leading digital marketing company. Prior to joining Coremetrics, Seth was an attorney practicing in both the employment and corporate departments at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, CA, the leading law firm representing technology companies at all stages of their growth, and the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Prior to joining WSGR, Seth was an attorney with Stoneman, Chandler and Miller and Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar (acquired by Nixon Peabody) both in Boston, Massachusetts. Seth earned his undergraduate degree in political science at Pennsylvania State University and earned his law degree, with honors, at Boston University School of Law.