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- Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, and the past year has been no different.
- During a year in which the automaker faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.
- Karl Wagner, Tesla’s senior director of global security, announced on Monday that he is leaving the company.
Tesla has seen a lot of senior employees leave in the last year.
As the automaker has faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.
The outflow hasn’t stopped in 2019, either.
“Elon Musk is a visionary and Tesla employees second only to the shadow warriors of the CIA in ingenuity, courage, and perseverance. As I move to the next phase of my professional life, I’m proud and honored to have worked alongside them,” Wagner said in the LinkedIn post.
“As far as what I’ll do next, I’ll be returning to my PTSD and suicide prevention advocacy, among other projects that bring meaning to me and hopefully others,” he told Business Insider.
Tesla’s security division has come under scrutiny during the past year, as two of the company’s former security employees have filed whistleblowing tips with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that Tesla hacked employee devices and did not disclose to shareholders the theft of raw materials.
These are the key names who have left Tesla or have announced their departure in 2018 or so far in 2019, as well as when they left and where they went next (according to their LinkedIn profile or company announcements):
- January 2018 – Jason Mendez, director of manufacturing engineering: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
- January 2018 – Will McColl, manager of equipment engineering: founded WaveForm Design
- February 2018 – Jon McNeill, president of global sales and services: became COO of Lyft
- March 2018 – Eric Branderiz, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Enphase Energy
- March 2018 – Susan Repo, corporate treasurer and vice president of finance: became CFO of Topia (she left Topia in June, according to her LinkedIn page)
- April 2018 – Jim Keller, head of Autopilot hardware engineering: became head of silicon engineering at Intel
- April 2018 – Georg Ell, director of Western Europe operations: became CEO of Smoothwall
- May 2018 – Matthew Schwall, director of field performance engineering: became heady of field safety at Waymo
- July 2018 – Ganesh Srivats, vice president overseeing retail, delivery, and marketing: became CEO of Moda Operandi
- September 2018 – Sarah O’Brien, vice president of communications: became VP of executive communications at Facebook
- September 2018 – Gabrielle Toledano, chief people officer: became executive in residence at Comcast Ventures
- September 2018 – Dave Morton, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Anaplan
- September 2018 – Liam O’Connor, vice president of global supply management: became chief procurement officer and head of bikes and scooters at Lyft
- September 2018 – Antoin Abou-Haydar, senior director of production and quality: became vice president of global quality for Byton
- October 2018 – Justin McAnear, vice president of worldwide finance and operations: became CFO of 10X Genomics
- November 2018 – Phil Rothenberg, vice president in the legal department: became general counsel of Sonder
- November 2018 – Jeff Jones, head of global security: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
- November 2018 – Dan Kim, senior director of global sales, marketing, and delivery: became director of Airbnb Plus at Airbnb
- December 2018 – Aaron Chew, director of investor relations: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
- January 2019 – Todd Maron, general counsel: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
- January 2019 – Charles Mwangi, senior director of engineering: LinkedIn profile says he is working at an unnamed startup
- February 2019 – Cindy Nicola, vice president of global recruiting: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
- February 2019 – Dane Butswinkas, general counsel: returning to his trial practice at the firm Williams & Connolly
- March 2019 – Deepak Ahuja, CFO: retired
- March 2019 – Praveen Arichandran, director of growth: joining Citizen in April to lead growth.
- April 2019 – Karl Wagner, senior director of global security: PTSD and suicide-prevention advocacy
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