Leadership

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David Bywater, Chief Executive Officer

David Bywater is the CEO of Vivint Smart Home and serves on the company’s board of directors. David was named Vivint Smart Home CEO in 2021 after serving for four years as the CEO of Vivint Solar, which SunRun acquired in 2020 for $3.2 billion. He also served on the board of directors for SunRun.

Previously, David served as chief operating officer for Vivint Smart Home where he was responsible for customer operations, human resources, field service, and supply chain. Before Vivint, David spent 10 years at Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) where he was responsible for the management of several business units, encapsulating more than 60 different companies. He has also served as an executive vice president and corporate officer for Xerox and was the chief operating officer for its State Government Services business. Before Xerox, David worked as senior manager at Bain & Company where he worked with global clients, primarily in the technology, transportation, and data information industries.

David has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Ron Davies, Chief Insurance Officer

Ron Davies leads all aspects of Vivint's smart insurance business, including the development of its marketing strategy. Ron has more than two decades of experience in the insurance industry. Most recently, he was the President, CEO, and Director of Safe Auto Insurance Group, where over the course of his nine years he transformed the business from a founder-led company to a technology-driven industry leader. By incorporating data analytics that provided insights into customer acquisition and retention, the profitable company grew into an capable franchise under his watch, leading to its acquisition by Allstate in 2021.

Prior to his time at Safe Auto, Ron held a variety of executive and leadership positions with leading insurance brands, including Allstate and Progressive Insurance, as well as smaller more specialized companies. Ron graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point with a Bachelor of Science in both Economics and Finance, and later received his Master of Business from Harvard Business School.

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Daniel Garen, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Daniel leads the efforts of Vivint’s compliance program and its related activities nationwide.

He joined Vivint from DLA Piper, where he was a partner responsible for developing best-in-class compliance and risk management strategies at public and private companies around the world. He has also held senior compliance officer positions with Danaher, Wright Medical, Siemens Corporation and Bayer Healthcare.

Garen earned a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Supreme Court Bar and the bar for Illinois and the District of Columbia.

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Garner Meads, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Garner Meads serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Vivint. Having been a member of the Vivint team for several years, Garner has a wealth of knowledge about the Company and its business overall. Meads has helped manage the Company’s strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and SEC compliance and reporting initiatives. His contributions have helped lay the legal foundation to achieve some of the Company’s most important objectives, including Vivint Smart Home’s SPAC merger to become a public company in January of 2020. Additionally, Meads was a recent recipient of a 2021 Utah Business Corporate Counsel Award, which recognizes exceptional in-house counselors who serve Utah’s businesses, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations.

Until his appointment as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Meads served as interim General Counsel of Vivint Smart Home, a position he was appointed to on July 1, 2021. Previously, Meads served as Associate General Counsel and assistant secretary of Vivint Smart Home since July of 2016 after serving as senior corporate counsel at Vivint Solar, Inc., which he joined in January of 2015. Meads also has prior experience as an attorney for Vinson & Elkins LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.

Meads attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he earned a juris doctorate (JD) degree.

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Jim Nye, Chief Product Officer

Jim is responsible for the company’s product strategy, including product market positioning, new product go-to-market initiatives, product research and development, and the management of product-related partnerships.

Prior to his role as Chief Product Officer, Jim served as Vice President of Product Development at Vivint, where he helped pioneer and bring to market many security and smart home innovations, including the first fully integrated smart home panel to integrate cellular connectivity and touchscreen technologies. Jim also led the strategy and development of Vivint’s video camera line, including the Vivint Doorbell Camera and other video products. Jim holds more than 50 patents for security and smart home technology innovations.

Before Vivint, Jim served as a program manager at Northrop Grumman, where he managed security upgrade initiatives for missile defense systems.

Jim received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

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Rasesh Patel, Chief Operating Officer

Rasesh Patel oversees the company’s operations as well as its technology and product platform. Prior to Vivint, Rasesh spent the previous seven years of his career at AT&T where he served in various executive leadership roles before being named chief product and platform officer for AT&T Business. In that capacity, Rasesh was responsible for a P&L with $35 billion of annual revenue, as well as its integrated platforms, products and solutions including fiber, 5G, Edge, IoT, cybersecurity, collaboration and cloud connectivity.

Prior to its acquisition by AT&T, Rasesh served as senior vice president of customer experience for DIRECTV. Through his focus on developing a seamless omni-channel customer experience, DIRECTV’s NPS position improved from third to first in the industry while simultaneously driving significant operating efficiencies. Rasesh received an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

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Dana Russell, Chief Financial Officer

Dana Russell is responsible for all corporate finance and accounting functions, including treasury, tax, risk management, consumer financing, operations planning and analysis (OP&A), corporate controllership, and investor relations. Most recently, Dana served as the CFO of Vivint Solar where he helped take the company public in October of 2014 and ushered it through its acquisition by Sunrun in October of 2020 in a transaction valued at $5.4 billion at the time of closing.

Dana has more than 25 years of finance and operational expertise, most of which has been spent with technology and service businesses. He started his career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and later joined Novell, a publicly traded software and services company that was ultimately acquired by The Attachmate Group in 2011. During his 12-year tenure at Novell, he held various positions including vice president of finance, treasurer and corporate controller before being named its chief financial officer.

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Todd M. Santiago, Chief Revenue Officer

As Chief Revenue Officer, Todd leads the company’s sales and marketing initiatives, including the direct-to-home and inside sales teams, business partnerships and the development of new distribution channels.

Before joining Vivint in 2013, Todd was President and Chief Executive Officer of 2GIG Technologies. 2GIG was a pioneer in the smart home industry, creating the first home automation platform for the mass market. While at 2GIG, Todd developed a network of more than 2,000 dealers throughout North America. Todd’s leadership was instrumental in the company’s acquisition by Blackstone in 2012 and then Nortek in 2013.

Todd received a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Kim Wittman, Sr. Vice President, People and Culture

Kim Wittman is responsible for all human resources functions, and she shapes Vivint’s efforts regarding all aspects of the employee experience. This includes recruiting, employee training and development, talent management, total rewards, and communications. She has been with Vivint since 2013 and has served in a variety of roles within the company’s human resources organization, most recently as VP, Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. Over her time with Vivint, Kim has scaled teams through years of significant growth and established consistent processes and procedures. Additionally, she was instrumental in launching the company’s employee resource groups, currently serving as the executive champion for Women@Vivint.

Kim is an active leader in the Silicon Slopes and technology communities. She leads Vivint’s STEM programs including Coding with Kids, Girls Go Digital, Code Changers, and SheTech. She is also an advisory board member for the Women Tech Council. Kim studied Political Science at Utah State University.