Two More Tesla Execs Abandon Elon Musk, Bringing 2018 Total to 100+

Tesla’s Director of Investor Relations Aaron Chew has left the agency together with Gigafactory Vice President Jens Peter Clausen, marking over 100 executives which have deserted the electric-car producer this yr.

Enterprise Insider experiences that Tesla’s Director of Investor Relations, Aaron Chew, has departed the corporate which means over 100 executives have left Elon Musk’s electrical automobile producer this yr alone. Chew joined Tesla in 2016 shortly after the agency acquired the corporate Photo voltaic Metropolis the place Chew reported to the top of investor relations Martin Viecha. Chew beforehand labored as a analysis analyst on Wall Avenue, briefly working for each Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan.

CNBC experiences that the Vice President of Tesla’s Gigafactory 1, Jens Peter Clausen, has left the manufacturing facility to hitch the startup firm Zymergen, an artificial biology firm that’s funded by the Chinese language enterprise capital and personal fairness agency Softbank. Clausen will reportedly assist Zymergen to scale its manufacturing groups, processes, and amenities, an space he would have nice expertise in having run Elon Musk’s Gigafactory. Zymergen CEO Joshua Hoffman instructed CNBC that the corporate was experiencing progress: “at a tempo that I’m undecided has been seen in life sciences.”

These newest departures from the electrical car-manufacturer mark over 100 executives leaving the corporate in 2018, as was famous by some customers on Twitter, who monitor departures from Elon Musk’s troubled agency:

In November, Tesla’s head of world safety, Jeff Jones, left the electric-car producer after solely 11 months on the firm. Jones was reportedly dismissed from the corporate in mid-November however the circumstances round his departure weren’t publicized with Jones solely telling workers that his “place was now not wanted.”

Jones didn’t final a yr with Tesla, which isn’t a wholly uncommon state of affairs. Former Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton lasted lower than one month working at Tesla — he began working for Musk on August 6, 2018, and resigned on September four.

Tesla has confronted the departure of numerous prime firm executives over the course of 2018, the corporate’s former engineering chief Doug Area left after an prolonged “depart of absence” and went on to rejoin Apple’s autonomous driving venture. Jon McNeill, the president of world gross sales and repair, left Tesla in February after working on the firm for 2 years, he later went on to hitch the ride-sharing firm Lyft the place he served as firm CEO. Justin McAnear, the corporate’s vice chairman of worldwide finance and operations, additionally left the corporate stating that he had been given the prospect to work as CFO of one other agency and didn’t wish to miss the chance.

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