Field most recently directed Mac hardware engineering at Apple and led the development of a number of products, including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, Tesla said in a statement.
Field started his career as an engineer at Ford Motor, the company said.
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Tesla, which designs and makes electric cars, posted its first quarterly profit in May. The company's stock has risen fourfold this year.