Tesla has lost more than 40 execs since 2016 — here's an updated list

Key Points
  • Tesla's executive exodus continued on Wednesday with the departure of general counsel Dane Butswinkas.
  • Here's a list of known departures since 2016. 
Tesla executive turnover continues under Musk

Following is a list of executive departures from Tesla since 2016:


Feb. 20: General counsel Dane Butswinkas will be replaced by Jonathan Chang, the company announced on Wednesday.

Jan. 30: Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja to leave for the second time, but to continue as a senior adviser.


Nov. 27: Jeff Jones, head of global security, is no longer working with Tesla after just 11 months on the job, CNBC reported, citing one current and one former employee.

Oct. 17: Gilbert Passin, vice president of manufacturing, has left, according to a Business Insider report.

Sept. 20: Liam O'Connor, vice president of global supply management resigned from the company, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Sept. 12: Justin McAnear, vice president of worldwide finance and operation, said he would be leaving Tesla to take a CFO role at another company.

Sept. 7: Gabrielle Toledano, chief people officer at Tesla, leaves the company.

Sept. 4: Dave Morton, chief accounting officer at Tesla, resigns just a month after starting work.

July: Ganesh Srivats, vice president at Tesla leaves company to become chief executive officer at Moda Operandi.

July: Doug Field, senior vice president of engineering, steps down after five years with the electric carmaker.

June: Karim Bousta, vice-president of worldwide service and customer experience, left the company, automotive news website Electrek reported.

May: Cal Lankton stepped down as senior vice president of energy operations and will be replaced by Sanjay Shah from Amazon, according to a Bloomberg report.

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

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.


December: Erik Fogelberg, vice president of commercial sales, America, Tesla Energy left the company after 11 months. He joined as vice president of global sales for NEC Energy Solutions in August 2018 , according to his LinkedIn profile.

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: Marco Krapels, vice president of international expansion, solar & battery storage, left the company after six months and currently serves as the founder and chief executive officer of Micropower-Comerc, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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 for Google within six months of joining.

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

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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, Reuters reports. 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 the 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: 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.