Mary Powell to take the reins of Sunrun, succeeding Lynn Jurich

Powell (center) flanked Lynn Jurich and Sunrun executive chairman Edward Fenster. Credit: Sunrun.

On Thursday, Sunrun announced that Sunrun Board member and former CEO of Green Mountain Power (GMP) Mary Powell will become the company’s next CEO, effective August 31. Powell will succeed co-founder Lynn Jurich, who is transitioning to Executive Co-Chair of the Board after nearly a decade as CEO. In her new role, Jurich will continue supporting Sunrun’s strategic initiatives, with a focus on designing innovative and scalable solutions for solving the climate crisis.

Powell is a proven leader and innovator in the energy sector. Under her leadership, GMP was named the Deane C. Davis Business of the Year and one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine this year. GMP also earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list three years in a row, and J.D. Power put GMP among the top utilities for customer satisfaction.

While at GMP, Powell worked to get the utility certified as a B Corp in 2014, the first utility in the world to achieve the distinction. GMP was recertified in 2017, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability, and transparency standards, and committed to use business as a force for good.

Powell was named the POWERGEN International Woman of the Year in 2014 and offered sage advice to women in the power industry during her keynote at POWERGEN.

Sunrun said that in addition to an impressive track record of achieving operational excellence and generating great results for customers, Powell has a deep understanding of Sunrun’s business, people, strategy, and culture as a member of its board. Sunrun looks forward to benefiting from Mary’s leadership during this next chapter of growth and innovation, said the company

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