Second high-profile exit: Another Tesla veteran quits

Summary

  • Tesla veteran Jerome Guillen quits the EV maker.
  • Move comes just three months after he was appointed the head of trucking business.
  • He is the second top executive to quit in less than two months.

Jerome Guillen – a veteran and a top level executive at electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stepped down overnight – marking the second high profile exit from the company in less than two months.

“We thank him for his many contributions and wish him well in his future career,” the company said in a regulatory filing with the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

His exit comes only three months after he was appointed the president of its Heavy Trucking unit of Tesla in March 2020.

Prior to this role, Mr Guillen was the head of company’s entire vehicles business for almost three years since 2018. During his tenure as the president of Automotive, the company opened its first plant overseas – in Shanghai. The company also expanded its battery cell supply partnerships under his leadership. He has worked at the company in various roles for over 10 years since November 2010, reporting directly to CEO Elon Musk.

In its December 2020 earnings presentation, the company had said the Semi program was still “in development”, while committing those deliveries would begin in 2021. However, in the annual financial filing for 2020, the company did not reiterate this deadline.

Earlier on April 21, the company’s vice president of legal – Al Prescott – had quit to join Luminar – a lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) startup.

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