Meet Our Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
David Bywater is the Chief Executive Officer at Vivint Solar, a leading full-service residential solar integrator. For the past 20 years, David has consulted with and run some of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the world and brings a strong track record of rapidly expanding small, medium, and large enterprises.
Prior to joining Vivint Solar, David served as Chief Operating Officer at Vivint Smart Home where he was responsible for customer operations, human resources, field service, and supply chain. He has been instrumental in managing the rapid growth at Vivint Smart Home while also improving operations and profitability.
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. This division experienced significant growth and transformation under his leadership.
Prior to Xerox, David worked as senior manager at Bain & Company where he worked on helping global clients achieve their full economic and operational potential, primarily in the technology, transportation, and data information industries.
David currently serves on the board of Youthlinc, a Utah non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating lifetime humanitarians by offering local and international service experiences. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Senior VP, Human Capital
Tessa White is a human resources executive with over 20 years of experience in a variety of technology and healthcare analytics related companies. She held the position of Human Capital Vice-President for the Ingenix division of United HealthGroup and most recently as Vice-President of Human Resources for HealthEquity.
She also led Human Resources for PowerQuest and Corel Corporation, Utah division. She has a passion for talent management and scaling businesses for next-generation growth. She was the President of the local Society for Human Resources chapter, and has served as HR advisor on numerous Boards and worked in many companies in partner with venture capital firms to prepare for fast growth or liquidity events.
Chief Financial Officer
Dana Russell is the Chief Financial Officer of Vivint Solar. He is responsible for the financial and accounting functions of the company and has extensive experience working as a CFO and financial officer in both rapidly growing environments and large publicly traded companies. He has dealt with and managed large complex organizations and transactions, including the definitive merger agreement between Novell and Attachmate, backed by several private equity buyers valued at $2.2 billion, and a patent cooperation agreement with Microsoft valued at $450 million.
Before joining Vivint Solar, Dana was the Chief Financial Officer of Allegiance; a rapidly growing venture-backed software company in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, Dana led Allegiance’s finance, accounting, treasury, legal, IS&T, facilities, and human resources organizations.
Before Allegiance, Dana was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Novell, a publicly traded software company located in Waltham, Massachusetts. In this position, Dana was responsible for Novell’s finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations, IS&T, and facilities processes. During this time the company showed tremendous improvement in operational efficiency and margin expansion, moving from break-even to double-digit operating profit. Dana also played a key role in improving processes and managing multiple acquisitions and divestitures. Before Novell, Dana held other high-level accounting and finance positions at high-tech companies and also worked as an auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers early in his career.
Dana has a master’s degree in accounting from Weber State University and holds a CPA license in the state of Utah.
Chief Operating Officer
Bryan Christiansen is Chief Operating Officer at Vivint Solar, a leading full-service residential solar integrator. He brings almost two decades of high-level strategic leadership and on-the-ground tactical experience to his current role.
Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Bryan was Vice President of Operations for Vivint Internet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vivint Smart Home, which provides internet service to consumers in select Utah and Texas markets. Prior to leading Vivint Smart Home’s internet operations, he served as Vivint’s Vice President of Operational Improvement reporting directly to the firm’s Chief Operating Officer.
Before joining Vivint, Bryan was a Managing Director and Senior Vice President at Xerox where he ran a portfolio of 4 businesses in the government healthcare space. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of the businesses including P&L management, sales, service delivery, and client management. He joined Xerox in 2010 as a key member of the Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) / Xerox acquisition integration team. Prior to working at Xerox, he was a Senior Vice President at ACS running a business in ACS’s Financial Services Group. Bryan has also worked as the Vice President of Operational Strategy for 3 different lines of business at ACS.
Early in his career, Bryan was a Boston-based strategy consultant with Monitor Group. While at Monitor, he gained a wealth of experience developing and implementing growth and turn-around strategies for Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, health insurance, and heavy manufacturing industries. Over the years, he has worked in the United States, Great Britain, Mexico, and Europe.
Bryan was a founding board member at Navigator Pointe Academy (NPA), a Utah K-9 public charter school, and served as the school’s board chairman for over 11 years. Under his watch, NPA raised over $5M in bonds, received the highest S&P bond rating of any charter school in Utah (investment grade, BBB), and was recognized as the 2015 Utah Charter School of the Year. Bryan has also served as a member of the executive committee for the non-profit consulting group Inspire, Inc.
Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in business management, emphasis in international finance, from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Duke University.
Chief Commercial Officer
Thomas Plagemann is the Chief Commercial Officer at Vivint Solar. In this position, he is responsible for developing Vivint Solar’s tax equity, capital markets, market expansion, and fundraising efforts and leading the financing strategy beyond its existing third party financing structures. Thomas is based in New York City and has more than 20 years of experience originating and executing financings and investments in energy and infrastructure assets.
During his career, Thomas has been involved with projects valued in excess of $29 billion and has completed transactions across the balance sheet from debt to equity. Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Thomas was Head of Energy, U.S. Corporate & Investment Banking for Santander Global Banking & Markets. While there he was responsible for all the bank’s activities with North American Energy clients across the energy sector, including Oil & Gas, Utilities, and Independent Power Producers.
Prior to joining Santander, Thomas was at First Solar as the Global Head of Project Finance and Transaction Execution. There he ran the sales processes for all of First Solar’s utility scale solar projects globally. He and his team financed and closed the sale of projects totaling over 1.6GW-AC of capacity with a total value in excess of $8 billion across 6 transactions.
Prior to First Solar, Thomas was responsible for AIG FP’s principal investment strategy in the renewable energy sector. His responsibilities included covering the renewable and conventional power industry and general infrastructure and also leading the team that closed tax equity investments in wind and geothermal projects totaling over $1 billion.
Before joining AIG, Thomas was a Managing Director with GE Capital’s energy investment business. There he was responsible for originating specialized equity, debt, and structured transactions for the financing of power plant construction and acquisitions. Thomas started his career as a banker in Deutsche Bank’s project finance group where he was responsible for originating, underwriting, and syndicating non-recourse energy financing.
Thomas received a BA from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in International Affairs with a specialization in finance from Columbia University.
Chief Revenue Officer
Paul Dickson is Chief Revenue Officer at Vivint Solar, one of the nation’s leading full-service residential solar integrators. In this position, he’s responsible for directing the systems, processes, and solutions that make it possible for Vivint Solar to deliver lower-cost power to homeowners. As a member of the founding team of Vivint Solar, Paul was instrumental in creating the company’s business thesis, and has comprehensive knowledge and experience in financial and operations strategy. He has also played a significant role in raising over $780 million in tax equity funding, a critical component of the Vivint Solar business model.
Prior to his time at Vivint Solar, Paul served as President and CEO of Meter Solutions, a smart-grid energy management company that he co-founded as a university student. Under his leadership, Meter Solutions was named one of Utah’s “Top 10 Startups to Watch,” and was later sold to Vivint, Inc., after receiving several other industry accolades.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University, where he was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year, and Top Student Entrepreneur in the state of Utah.
Chief Technology and Information Officer
Mark Trout is the Chief Technology and Information Officer for Vivint Solar. Mark serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for overall systems development, implementation, and information technology operations. He has spent more than 20 years in Silicon Valley with leading high-tech companies and excels at navigating IT organizations through periods of significant transition and transformational change. His extensive experience includes roles as Business IT Executive, Chief Transformation Officer and Client Service Leader.
Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Mark was recruited by eBay to revitalize the Product Development, Professional Services and SaaS hosting operations for eBay’s Enterprise Business Unit. In his role as Chief Transformation Officer, he developed and executed a multi-year strategic plan for the development of the new Enterprise platform.
Prior to eBay, Mark was a Managing Partner at the international consultancy firm, Accenture. As Managing Partner for Accenture’s Electronics and High-Tech industry group, Mark obtained a spectrum of responsibilities and achievements. Among these were direct oversight for sales operations and management of all client accounts for Accenture’s High Tech industry practice. His execution and delivery focus is the key to the success he brings to our group.
Throughout Mark’s career, his successes have been based on a foundation of business acumen and technical breadth. Building high performing teams has been a highlight for him and the successes which these teams have achieved.
Mark has a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and is APICS certified.
VP, Public Policy & Gov't Affairs
Erica Dahl is Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Vivint Solar. Prior to Vivint Solar, Erica served as Director of Community Relations for the Central Region of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City and as Vice President of Government Relations for Bank of America in San Francisco.
As a native of Northern California, she received her BA from St. Lawrence University and her masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. She, her husband Ben and two children live in Salt Lake City.
Dan Black has served as General Counsel and Secretary for Vivint Solar since May 2016. Dan joined Vivint Solar in September 2012 and served as Associate General Counsel responsible for tax equity and structured finance transactions, energy and consumer regulatory matters, intellectual property, licensing, government affairs, and other corporate and transactional functions.
Beginning in 2011 until joining Vivint Solar, Dan worked at Durham Jones & Pinegar in Salt Lake City where he first represented the company in its initial formation and early stage financing. Dan began his legal career in San Diego as an attorney with Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s leading project development and finance law firms. He has represented financial institutions, companies, and individuals in all aspects of complex finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and real estate matters.
Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University and graduated magna cum laude with a juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law.
Chief Sales Officer
Chance Allred wants to live in a world where everyone thinks two or three generations down the road, where businesses actively invest in humanity’s future, and where people have a say in how they create and consume electricity.
As Chief Sales Officer at Vivint Solar, Chance is at the forefront of the residential solar power revolution, where has grown his team of 1,500 sales professionals into a world-class sales organization that specializes in direct-to-consumer, retail, and inside sales channels with a lower customer acquisition cost than competitors in the industry.
With a compound annual growth rate of 225% between 2011 and 2015, Chance’s sales organization vaulted Vivint Solar from startup to the second largest residential company in the U.S. in less than four years, enabling Vivint Solar to go public with an IPO of $1.5B in 2014. SunEdison announced its intention to purchase Vivint Solar for $2.2B in 2015.
When Chance isn’t out building winning sales engines, you can find him constructing solar-powered huts in third-world countries, chumming with his friends and family, or obsessing over whatever sport he is currently playing.