Management Team

Lyndon Rive
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 2,000 employees and helped it become one of the most recognizable brands in clean energy in six years. Lyndon has led the company's efforts to raise more than $200 million in corporate capital and $1.6 billion in structured financing 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 150 schools and universities, a dozen 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.

Peter Rive
Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Peter Rive is SolarCity's co-founder and CTO, and oversees 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.

Robert Kelly
Chief Financial Officer

Robert Kelly, who brings more than 25 years of business and finance experience to SolarCity, is responsible for managing the company's financial affairs and its corporate finance, project finance and accounting organizations. Prior to joining SolarCity, Bob held a variety of financial management roles during his 14-year tenure at independent power producer Calpine, culminating with four years as chief financial officer and executive vice president. Bob managed Calpine's initial public offering and helped to grow the company's electricity generation capacity from less than 1 megawatt (MW) to more than 25,000 MW. Following his time at Calpine, Bob provided financial advice to retail energy providers and power developers. He most recently served as chief financial officer of Calera, a clean technology company focused on reducing carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions by converting CO² into useful materials. Bob has also held positions at Westinghouse Credit Corporation, Lloyds Bank and the Bank of Nova Scotia. Bob earned his bachelor's degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, Newfoundland, and his MBA at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Hayes Barnard
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 Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization with a mission to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience. Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from the University of Missouri.

Elon Musk

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.

Aaron Gillmore
Vice President, Solar Development

As Vice President of Solar Development, Aaron Gillmore is responsible for business development, deal structuring and negotiations of strategic transactions. Aaron utilizes his development experience and SolarCity's vertically integrated approach to optimize economic outcomes for large government and private sector clients nationwide. Prior to joining SolarCity, Aaron was SVP of development for Actus Lend Lease—a subsidiary of global real estate developer Lend Lease. With Actus' focus on Public-Private Partnerships, Aaron led diverse real estate development, finance, legal, asset and property management, and design and construction teams through transactions ranging from $250M to $2.2B throughout the United States—including several unprecedented rooftop and ground-mounted solar projects. Other career experience includes business development for MWH, and serving as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the US Navy. Aaron earned degrees in Environmental Engineering (MS) from the University of California, Berkeley and Civil Engineering (BS) from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo. He has also completed Executive Education in Leadership & Strategy at Columbia Business School, is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer and was selected as one of Building Design + Construction Magazine's "40 under 40" in 2007.

Chrysanthe Gussis
Vice President and
Deputy General Counsel

Ms. Gussis is responsible for structuring tax equity funds and debt transactions with financial and other institutional investors for the deployment of residential and commercial solar assets. Prior to SolarCity, Ms. Gussis was a partner in the corporate real estate and finance practices at HellerEhrman LLP, where her practice extended to most aspects of corporate, real estate and finance including partnership/joint venture, fund formation, operating company investments, financing, and acquisition and sale. Previously, Ms. Gussis clerked for the Honorable William T. Moore, United States District Court for the Southern District in Savannah, Georgia. During the Clinton Administration, she was a law clerk in the White House, Office of Counsel to the President, and clerked at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (Housing/Fair Lending section), in Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor's degree in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Linda Keala
Executive Vice President of Human Resources

As Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Linda Keala is responsible for compensation, benefits, performance management, training and development programs. Linda brings more than 20 years strategic business experience to SolarCity. Prior to joining SolarCity, Linda was co-founder and vice president of TransformBlue, Inc. a mobile Internet technology firm leading companies on strategy, technology, branding and running mobile applications. Previously, Linda was vice president of business operations and corporate secretary at NBX Inc. Linda has also held senior roles at Intend Change, Inc., Interlink Computer Sciences, Inc and USWeb/CKS where she was executive vice president and chief people officer.

John Stanton
Vice President,
Governmental Affairs

As Vice President of Government Affairs, 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.

Tanguy Serra
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.

Seth Weissman
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.