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Defender Direct founder steps down as CEO

April 5, 2012

The founder and CEO of Defender Direct Inc. has relinquished day-to-day leadership of the Indianapolis-based company to pursue philanthropic interests.

Defender, which sells and installs home-security and satellite systems, said Wednesday that company President Marcia Barnes has replaced David P. Lindsey as CEO. She joined the company in 1999.

Lindsey will retain majority ownership of the firm, which has enjoyed explosive growth since he founded it in 1998. He also will remain on the company’s board of advisers.

Defender is listed as the Indianapolis area’s 15th fastest-growing company according to IBJ’s latest ranking. From 2008 to 2010, company revenue grew 81 percent, to $256 million.

Lindsey has made mission work a priority in his family life and for Defender. The company has a partnership with Youth With a Mission’s “Homes of Hope” program. It works with businesses, churches, schools and other groups to build homes for poor families in Mexico.

The company says it has more than 1,800 employees and 120 branch offices nationwide.

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