Movers & Shakers: Vivint continues to boom with executive shifts

Who's moving where? Who's doing what? Each month, "Movers and Shakers" chronicles the comings and goings and the promotions and achievements of sustainable business professionals.

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When I talked to Bruce Klafter on his last day as the managing director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Applied Materials, he seemed excited about moving on.

After more than 12 years with the Silicon Valley electronics manufacturing giant, he chose to retire when the company began offering retirement packages to a number of people in its North American operations.

As Klafter recently discussed in an exit interview with GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower about his job as sustainability head, "Sometimes you count yourself fortunate that you don’t get whacked and decreased, but I could never get the additional resource that I wanted."

"I'm ready to look for new challenges," he told me.

He said he's open to bringing his sustainability mindset to nonprofits, government or perhaps a more consumer-facing industry. Doing some quick LinkedIn research, though, it looks like he's currently working with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group as executive adviser in sustainability.

"One thing I've learned is that I can see how I can bring lessons I learned from one industry and apply them in other types of settings," he said.

Another sustainability head of a global giant has retired, with Paul Ashley departing from Mott MacDonald, a global consulting firm based in the U.K. with more than 14,000 employees. Davide Stronati has taken his place with the title "group sustainability champion." In 2010, Stronati received the Harvard Award from the Utilities & Service Industries Training for his leadership on corporate responsibility and sustainability.

In other news, business continues to ramp up at Utah-based home automation company Vivint. In an article last month, I reported in part on Vivint's high-profile hire of Matt Eyring as chief strategy and innovation officer. The booming company, which was recently bought by private equity firm Blackstone Group for $2 billion, also made another executive shift by promoting COO Alex Dunn to president. The search for a replacement COO begins immediately.

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