#6847894 at 2019-06-26 21:54:53 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8758: Think MirrorEdition
Tesla's Head Of Auto Production Unexpectedly Quits
Tesla's head of production in charge of all vehicle manufacturing at its Fremont factory, Peter Hochholdinger, has left the company, according to electrek.
Hochholdinger had come from Audi, where he was previously in charge of production for the Audi A4, A5 and Q5. At Audi, he oversaw more than 400,000 cars being built annually. Tesla touted his hire in 2016, sending out a press release at the time and saying they were "excited" to have him join the team. He was widely regarded as a veteran manufacturing executive that would lend credibility and much needed experience to the Model 3 manufacturing process.
His tenure at Tesla lasted barely over 3 years, which is basically a lifetime compared to many other executives who have departed the company in shorter order. Even the pro-Tesla bloggers at electrek couldn't put a positive spin on Hochholdinger's departure, stating:
While I often defend Tesla on their highly publicized executive departures, I think it's fair to say that they had some significant talent exodus over the last year or so and now with Passin and Hochholdinger, it's especially true for the production executive team.
Just seven days ago we reported that the company's former VP of Human Resources and Head of Diversity, FeliciaMayo, had also left the company. Mayo nearly made it to her two year anniversary, but like many other departing executives, had enough and packed up in relatively short order.
Mayo was described as "one of a few black women leaders to break the glass ceiling and rise to executive ranks in a large, Silicon Valley tech firm." According to the Kapor Center, less than 0.5% of Silicon Valley tech leadership positions are held by black women.
She was previously a VP at Juniper Networks before her move to Tesla, where she reported to Tesla's vice president of people and places, Kevin Kassekert, and CEO Elon Musk.
Twitter seemed to take the news of Hochholdinger's departure with slight skepticism.
#6789353 at 2019-06-19 16:29:03 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8684: Rally Day + 1: The Gloves Are Off Edition
Tesla loses another exec: HR vice president and head of diversity FeliciaMayo
Tesla vice president of HR and head of diversity, FeliciaMayo, has departed the company. Mayo, who worked at Tesla for almost two years, is one of a few black women to rise to executive ranks in Silicon Valley.
Tesla vice president of human resources and head of diversity FeliciaMayo has left the company.
A company spokesperson told CNBC, "We'll miss Felicia and would like to thank her for her hard work over the last two years and wish her all the best in the future. We have a talented HR team in place that will continue to report into our VP of People & Places and will remain focused on advancing our mission and making Tesla a great place to work."
Tesla is known as a mission-driven and hard-driving workplace with significant pressure to hit ambitious goals and deadlines meted out by CEO Elon Musk. Among other things, these conditions have led to a high level of churn among Tesla executives, in recent years.
Mayo is one of a few black women leaders to break the glass ceiling and rise to executive ranks in a large, Silicon Valley tech firm. Less than 0.5% of Silicon Valley tech leadership positions are held by black women, according to 2018 statistics from the Kapor Center.
She previously served as vice president of global talent acquisition and diversity at Juniper Networks, then held the role of VP of Human Resources at Tesla for less than two years. She reported to Tesla's vice president of people and places, Kevin Kassekert, and CEO Elon Musk.
During her tenure, Tesla expanded its operations internationally, began manufacturing its Model 3 electric sedan in high volumes, and implemented controversial strategies ranging from store closures and other restructuring efforts, to giving employees a discount on Tesla vehicles, if they agreed to use and give feedback on beta versions of the company's Full Self Driving software.
Mayo's departure follows the resignation of other Tesla executives in the last year, including:
Tesla's former chief people officer, Gaby
General Counsel, Todd Maron
VP of Legal, Phil Rothenberg
CFO Deepak Ahuja (who announced his
retirement at the end of a Tesla earnings call
in January this year)
VP of Engineering, Michael Schwekutsch