Tesla executive departures since 2016

(Updates to add Jim Keller’s departure in April)

May 15 (Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Inc has seen a flurry of senior executive exits in recent months at a time when the company is looking to speed up production of its Model 3 sedan, a mid-market car crucial to its success and future profitability, and developing multiple new vehicles, including a Semi truck.

Here is a list of executive departures since 2016:


May - Matthew Schwall, director of field performance engineering, exits to join Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit, Waymo.

April - Jim Keller, head of Autopilot hardware engineering, leaves for Intel to lead its silicon engineering team.

April - Georg Ell, director of Tesla's Western Europe operations, leaves to head UK-based Smoothwall.

March - Chief Accounting Officer Eric Branderiz exits after joining in October 2016.

March - Susan Repo, corporate treasurer and vice president of finance, exits to become chief financial officer at another company.

February - Jon McNeill, president of global sales and services, leaves to join ride-hailing company Lyft as chief operating officer.

January - Jason Mendez, director of manufacturing engineering, leaves after more than 12 years.

January - Will McColl, manager of equipment engineering, leaves after seven years.


November - Jon Wagner, director of battery engineering, who joined in 2013 exits to launch a battery and powertrain startup in California.

September - Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, departs.

August - Kurt Kelty, director of battery technology and then one of the longest serving company executives, exits. He led negotiations with Panasonic on the company's gigafactory in Nevada.

July - SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive leaves the company, eight months after Tesla bought the biggest U.S. residential solar panel maker.

June - Chris Lattner, vice president of autopilot leaves within six months of joining.

June - SolarCity founder Lyndon Rive leaves the electric vehicle maker.

May - Arnnon Geshuri, who led HR at Tesla for more than eight years, departs.

April - Chief Financial Officer Jason Wheeler leaves to pursue public policy projects; replaced by Deepak Ahuja, who served as CFO before Wheeler.

March - Mark Lipscomb, vice president of human resources, departs to join streaming service provider Netflix.

March - Satish Jeyachandran, director of hardware engineering, leaves after seven years with the company; later joins Waymo.

March - David Nister, vice president of autopilot vision, departs to join chipmaker Nvidia.

March - Klaus Grohmann ousted after a clash with CEO Elon Musk over the strategy at Grohmann's firm, which Tesla had acquired in November. Grohmann Engineering helped companies design highly automated factories.

January - JLM Energy says Ardes Johnson, who worked as director of sales at Tesla Energy, joins as a vice president.

January - Sterling Anderson, head of Tesla's autopilot system, leaves company. Tesla sued him for trying to recruit company engineers for his new venture while still with Tesla, and in April withdrew the lawsuit after a settlement.


December - Mateo Jaramillo, vice president of Tesla Energy, leaves after seven years.

July - Rich Heley, vice president of product technology, departs to join Facebook.

May - Josh Ensign, vice president of manufacturing, leaves; joins startup Proterra as chief operating officer.

May - Greg Reichow, vice president of production, leaves as the company prepares to launch Model 3, and sharply ramp up production.

April - James Chen, vice president of regulatory affairs and deputy general counsel, leaves to join rival Faraday Future.

March - Ricardo Reyes, vice president of global communications, leaves. March - Michael Zanoni, vice president of finance and worldwide controller, departs to join Amazon.

January - Chief Information Officer Jay Vijayan leaves Tesla to create his own startup.

Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila