Tesla poaches executives from Apple, Amazon, and more

Tesla today announced a number of key hires the company has made over the past several weeks:

• Stuart Bowers is joining as VP of Engineering, responsible for a broad range of Tesla’s software and hardware engineering. Stuart has 12 years of software experience and a background in applied mathematics, and is joining Tesla from Snap. There, he was most recently VP of Monetization Engineering, leading the team with a focus on machine learning and ad infrastructure. Prior to Snap, Stuart was the eighth engineer hired at Facebook’s Seattle office where he worked on data infrastructure and machine learning for search.

• Neeraj Manrao has joined Tesla as Director of Energy Manufacturing. Neeraj comes from Apple, where he led the technical operations team.

• Kevin Mukai has started as Director of Production Engineering at Gigafactory. Kevin was most recently at ThinFilm Electronics, where he served as Senior Director of Process Engineering, and before that at SunPower as Director of Process & Equipment Engineering. Kevin has extensive experience in advanced factory design and development.

• James Zhou started last month as CFO, China. James previously served as CFO for Asia Pacific and India for Ingersoll Rand, and prior to that held a number of financial leadership positions at General Electric and General Motors.

• Alexandra Veitch joined last month as Senior Director for North American Government Relations and Policy. Alexandra comes to Tesla from CSRA. Before that, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Legislative Affairs Liaison in the White House under the Obama Administration. Her government service also includes time at the Department of Homeland Security and as a staff member in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

• Kate Pearson is our new Director of Field Delivery Operations. She previously worked as VP of Digital Acceleration at Walmart eCommerce, where she led online grocery and last-mile delivery.

• Mark Mastandrea started earlier this month as Director, Vehicle Delivery Operations. He comes from Amazon, where he was their Director of Logistics Operations, leading last-mile delivery in North America and working on the design and development of AmazonFresh pickup.

• Myriam Attou recently started as Regional Sales Director in EMEA. Coming from La Perla, and before that Burberry, she has a long track record of delivering strong results in sales, customer experience and service excellence.

Source: Tesla

MacDailyNews Take: Much activity at Tesla which also promises, “We’ll be announcing more hires in the coming days, so stay tuned.”


    1. Joining Tesla now is like boarding the Titanic in mid-ocean. The guessing game is how many months before Tesla goes belly up. They are burning through cash while having contouring problems with building cars.

    2. More like what idiot stays with Captain Cook…

      The company who doesn’t seem to value quality anymore.

      I miss Steve more and more every day:/

  1. Could be (and certainly sounds like) a famously bad prediction (I’ve made many, lol), but not quite ready to count Elon out just yet.

    Although he did show that he was sweating with his “Pravda” plan….

  2. Tesla will announce it is hiring me, Artiste at large, and my bosom buddy, Derek Currie. We are both going to Tesla to work on the exhaust pipe, I want to make it a bit bigger and Derek wants to test for fit and feel.

  3. This is all entirely normal in the tech world. It’s like free agency in sports. Nothing to get worked up about.

    The reality is that Musk needs talented people at Tesla to help him achieve his goals. Right now he has great ideas, but at Tesla he doesn’t know how to scale up to mass production. He needs people who can make his dreams happen. So perhaps he is realizing that and is taking steps to remedy the situation.

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