Sunrun Inc., a dedicated residential solar, storage and energy services company in the U.S., has announced leadership changes. Paul Winnowski, president and chief operating officer (COO), will retire from the company in early 2018. Winnowski joined Sunrun as COO in February 2014 with the acquisition of Mainstream Energy, where he served as its CEO. Winnowski was appointed president of Sunrun in March 2017.
“With Paul’s leadership and support, Sunrun has become the nation’s leading residential solar and storage installer and made incredible progress in delivering efficiency, cost, and technology improvements. We are immensely grateful for his contributions and service,” says Sunrun CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich.
According to Sunrun, Winnowski will remain with the company through early 2018 as president to assist with the transition of his duties. However, Christopher Dawson will join Sunrun as its new COO, effective immediately.
Dawson spent the majority of his career with Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., a powersports vehicle manufacturer. At BRP, he held various executive roles in strategy and marketing, was then appointed vice president and general manager of BRP’s international division and subsequently vice president and general manager of global sales and consumer experience. Dawson left BRP in 2015 to join California-based start-up Icon Aircraft as COO and thereafter was a co-founder and partner of a management consulting firm.
“Chris brings best-in-class experience in sales and operational efficiency and a keen focus on customer experience which is paramount at Sunrun,” says Jurich. Dawson will report directly to Jurich and will lead Sunrun’s sales, commercial, operations and lead generation teams, as well as the wholesale and solar mounting solutions business.
Dawson comments, “I look forward to building on the accomplishments before me, working in Sunrun’s innovative and passionate culture, and working with Lynn and the leadership team to accelerate the adoption of solar energy and storage.”