Envision Solar International Inc. has hired a former Navy SEAL chief to lead its sales and business development team.

James Byrne will oversee domestic and international sales and partnering strategies for the San Diego-based designer, manufacturer and installer of renewable energy-fueled media and vehicle-charging systems.

Byrne has 26 years of special operations experience. He completed 13 overseas deployments, two of them in Iraq and five in Afghanistan.

“Jim has obviously had a great history of leading in the most challenging conditions,” Envision Solar CEO Desmond Wheatley said in a Nov. 10 news release.

Byrne, whose title at Envision is director of sales and business development, said the company has a “great mission.”

“My transition goal after military services was to continue to live a life of purpose in service to others,” he said in the release. “What higher purpose than helping people drive on sunshine, preserving our environment for our children’s future?”

He was recruited with the help of The Honor Foundation, which provides executive education, professional development, career coaching and transition management to U.S. special operations forces.

Byrne is pursuing a master’s degree in executive leadership at the University of San Diego.