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.


Starr Fowler, Chief People Officer

Starr sets the people vision and strategy for more than 10,000 employees at Vivint. She oversees all talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, health and safety, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and corporate communications.

Before joining Vivint, Starr was a director at Boart Longyear, the world’s leading provider of drilling services and products for the mining industry. She reported directly to the CEO, and with ongoing interaction and directives from the Board of Directors was responsible for leading enterprise-wide organizational change initiatives. She also served in several regional and global roles, including director of human resources, Asia Pacific, and director of human resources, Global Products, where she created talent management and leadership development programs. Earlier in her career, Starr served in HR positions at Honeywell and AMEC.

Starr was named to the Utah Business list of “30 Women to Watch” in 2017. Forbes named Vivint one of “America’s Best Employers” in 2015 and 2018, as well as one of “American’s Best Employers for Diversity” in 2019 and 2020.

Starr holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Idaho and an MBA in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University.


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.


Dale R. Gerard, Chief Financial Officer

Dale R. Gerard serves as the chief financial officer. Since 2010, Gerard has led finance, investor relations and treasury at Vivint Smart Home.

Dale has had more than 25 years of experience in financial management, investor relations and treasury. Before Vivint, Gerard worked as the assistant treasurer and director of finance at American Commercial Lines where he was responsible for capital markets and treasury operations. He was also the senior treasury and financial analyst at Wabash National Corporation where he supported the company’s risk management, treasury operations and financial planning and analysis. Gerard earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and his MBA from Purdue University. He is also a Certified Treasury Professional.


JT Hwang, Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer at Vivint Smart Home, JT oversees the Vivint Innovation Center, which encompasses all of the company’s technology and product operations. JT drives growth and business opportunities and oversees the creation of new products and services.

In his previous role as Chief Engineering Officer, JT was responsible for all engineering development and processes, including hardware and software development, embedded software, storage, wireless technology and mobile apps. He also led the development of the company’s backend cloud infrastructure that supports more than a million smart home customers and handles millions of events a day.

JT also served as Chief Information Officer for Vivint Smart Home where he created a fully integrated and automated IT infrastructure that combined the company’s ERP and CRM systems, as well as a dozen other applications. He executed a successful SAP HANA implementation in eight months. He also created a real-time scheduling system to enable same-day installs for new customers.

Before joining Vivint in 2008, JT worked at Hewlett-Packard and was the Chief Architect at Netezza, which was later acquired by IBM for $1.7 billion. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.


Patrick E. Kelliher, Chief Accounting Officer

Pat Kelliher has served as Chief Accounting Officer at Vivint Inc. February 2014. In this role, Pat is responsible for all the company’s accounting activities, including external financial reporting, customer billing, payroll, taxes and accounts payable. Pat joined Vivint in March 2012 as Vice President of Finance and Controller.

Before joining Vivint, Pat was the Vice President of Finance and Controller for Omniture Inc. and helped expand the company’s annual revenues from $43 million to $350 million in just five years. He developed Omniture’s accounting infrastructure and played an integral role in the company’s IPO, which was the most successful tech IPO in 2006. After Omniture was acquired by Adobe Inc. in 2009, Pat was named the Senior Director of Finance and Controller of Adobe’s Digital Marketing Business Unit.

Pat was also the VP of Finance and Assistant Corporate Controller at Cadence Design Systems, a $1.1 billion software company, based in the Silicon Valley. He led the transition of Cadence’s back-office accounting functions from San Jose to Utah, which was completed in less than two months. He then ran the Utah office locally and managed an organization of more than 50 employees.

Prior to Cadence, Pat held a number of senior finance roles with various technology growth companies. He began his career in public accounting, in the Chicago office of Coopers and Lybrand.

Pat holds a Bachelors of Science in accounting and finance from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in corporate finance and international business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and a Certified Management Accountant.


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.


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.


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.


Brady Southwick, Executive Vice President, Operations

Brady Southwick oversees all customer-facing operations of the company, including customer care, monitoring, field service and installation, scheduling and business analytics, as well as purchasing and supply chain, encompassing nearly 7,000 employees.

Brady joined Vivint in 2017 as the senior vice president of Field Operations, where he led 4,000 employees who provide professional installation and support to the company’s 1.6 million customers.

Before Vivint, Brady had a number of executive roles at Cummins, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the largest independent global manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines. He served as president of Cummins Rocky Mountain, president and CEO of Cummins Northwest, and as vice president and executive managing director for all four Cummins business units in Africa with more than 1,200 employees across the continent. He served as the executive director of Asia Pacific Business Operations, based in Singapore, where he led operations for Asia Pacific and worldwide strategy for the Distribution Business Unit focused on sales and service. Prior to his role in Asia Pacific, he served as managing director of Northeast and Southeast Asia. He also served as the director of China Strategy and Business Development, based in Beijing, where he led strategy development across all lines of businesses in China and helped the company more than triple sales in the country in three years.

Previously, Brady was a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and a project manager at The Boyer Company, the largest real estate developer in the Intermountain West.

Brady received a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business administration from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.