Brian Harrison, the chief executive of Solyndra – the solar energy firm that filed for bankruptcy last month after receiving a $528 million federal loan – has stepped down in the wake of multiple investigations into the company that threaten to tarnish the White House.
Harrison, who was among the company’s top executives to plead the Fifth repeatedly during a congressional hearing last month, “left the company as scheduled” last Friday, Solyndra reported in a bankruptcy court document filed late Tuesday and obtained by FoxNews.com. But the document didn’t offer more details on his departure and a Solyndra spokesman could not be reached for comment.
The company is seeking to replace him with R. Todd Neilson, who would serve as Solyndra’s chief restructuring officer. Neilson has previously served as bankruptcy trustee for former boxing star Mike Tyson and Death Row Records, which once employed Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, according to the filing.
The departure comes just one week after the Energy Department confirmed that the director of its controversial loan program resigned. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that Jonathan Silver told him in July that he planned to return to the private sector soon after the program ended Sept. 30.