Oakland based Sungevity, a fast growing residential solar company, today announced Paul Stroube as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). Stroube will report directly to Sungevity Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Birch, and is charged with further developing the company’s informationsystems that power its unique and easy online “iQuote” process. Stroube was most recently general manager of the online gamer community, Xfire, and is the third key leadership hire in as many months for Sungevity.In February, the company announced Mack Irvin, formerly of SunPower Corp., as Chief Financial Officer, and in March, social media guru, Patrick Crane, formerly of LinkedIn, joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer. In the past 12 months, Sungevity has nearly tripled in size and nowemploys more than 150 people to support the company’s rapid growth.
“Like Mack and Patrick, Paul brings a wealth ofknowledge to our rapidly growing company,” said Birch. “Paul’sexperience building highly scalable systems and interactive online tools will enable us to further advance our industry leading customerexperience and expand our solar social network.” Stroube has more thantwo decades of experience in consumer Internet software development. Stroube oversaw technology, operations and monetization at Xfire, anonline community connecting over 10 million gamers around the globe. Prior to Xfire, Stroube served as Vice President, Web Engineering andProduction at Ask Jeeves/Ask.com, the number one brand for answeringquestions online with more than 90 million monthly users. He also worked in management roles at IGT/WagerWorks.
“Sungevity has built a growing community of smart homeowners that are saving money on their electricity bills,” said Stroube. “Byimproving upon our customers’ experience, adding data, and introducingnew social media tools, we can grow this network even further,particularly as we prepare to formally launch our services on the EastCoast.”Danny Kennedy is the founder of Sungevity.