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George Blankenship Retires from Tesla Motors

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  1. ModelS8794

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    Where is George B?

    Hi all,
    back in April Jerome Guillen was made VP of worldwide sales and service. Unless I am mistaken, this was George's role before April. I haven't heard about George's whereabouts since then. I am curious if he has a new role in the company or what the story is. I felt his expertise developing the retail store network was a key differentiator for Tesla at an important time, but now wonder if his job has changed and if so what he's up to. Or of perhaps his role has narrowed down to focus on store rollouts only rather than a Group Head role that his title seemed to convey previously.
     
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    Can't say for sure but he's around - I have emailed him over the last few months and he always responds.
     
  3. Larry Chanin

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    I'd say that is out of town brushing up on his Chinese. :wink:

    Larry
     
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    I believe in April, George's title changed to Vice President of Worldwide Retail. I heard somewhere on the TMC forum that George has been very active in China, and may be quite busy getting things set up over there.
     
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    Executive Bios | Tesla Motors
     
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    All things China is my guess as well. And rightly so. Gonna be sum kinda wonderful.
     
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    He is here!

    wheresgeorge1.jpg

    :D
     
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    My guess he's working on Model S-E-X-Y. LOL
     
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    I asked Jerome during Teslive about George B's new role. He said that George would be focusing on retail stores, while Jerome would be in charge of sales and service.
     
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    #13 AmpedRealtor, Nov 21, 2013
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    In case anyone missed the news about half an hour ago (and the respective stock dip at the same time):

    Exclusive: Top Tesla executive George Blankenship, VP of Sales, departs | SiliconBeat...

    "George Blankenship, the Tesla executive and marketing maven who led the company’s retail operations and showroom expansions, is no longer with the Palo Alto-based company, according to a source with first-hand knowledge of his departure. When reached for comment, Blankenship, 60, said by e-mail that he was retiring to spend more time with his family, including four grandchildren.

    "Blankenship is still listed as Vice President, Sales & Ownership Experience on Tesla’s website. But his LinkedIn profile now says he is “Director of Smiles for the Blankenship Family” and he apparently left Tesla a few weeks ago..."
     
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    I'm a bit confused by this from his Linkedin profile:

    Vice President

    Tesla Motors
    July 2010 – October 2013 (3 years 4 months)WorldwideJuly 2010 thru September 2010 -- VP Store Design & Development

    October 2010 thru March 2013 -- VP Worldwide Sales & Ownership Experience

    April 2013 thru October 2013 -- VP Worldwide Retail

    November 2013 -- Done at Tesla



    "Done at Tesla"??? is it just mean or does that have negative undertones? Seems a bit strange...
     
  15. bhuwan

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    damn thatsa shame
     
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    He is just saying that from November on, he is done at Tesla. His work is done. He can now retire. The dashes "--" after November 2013 simply show that he has no plans to seek further employment since he has retired. I wouldn't read anything more into his words. He has been instrumental at Tesla and has done a lot to make this brand successful. I think recent events have made us a little jumpy and possibly on high alert for all things negative. I see his words as positive.
     
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    Awwww George, Say it isn't so!! Well miss you! Best Wishes!!

    Lloyd
     
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    Hank Greenberg just read the news on CNBC.
     
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    George Blankenship retires

    Reports today that he retired a couple of weeks ago. Bummer. I miss his blog posts.
     
  20. AmpedRealtor

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    It's likely that the lighted vanity mirrors have also retired along with George... sorry, couldn't resist!

    :tongue:
     

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