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Tesla Loses Two Model S Executives Before Sedan Makes Debut

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  1. ckessel

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    #2 ckessel, Jan 13, 2012
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    You know, yesterday Elon tweets about "herding cats" and I thought "that's weird, must be something frustrating at work" and I damn near decided to sit on my money for a few days. Should have trusted that instinct. I feel somewhat ill. Losing the chief engineer and chassis engineer? Yea, kind of crucial elements in a car.
     
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    OK, without getting too excited.........

    How much will the loss of Rawlinson and Sampson hurt Tesla and their future development?
     
  4. Citizen-T

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    He was. I just hope that he left for personal reasons, not because he didn't like choices that were made or something like that.
     
  5. rolosrevenge

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    I am very curious to know why they left. Tempting to put more money into it, but this time it is a disturbing development that caused the fall. hhmmm.
     
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    The fact it's two at once is what really bothers me. That can't be coincidence. People don't leave like that when things are going well.
     
  7. Citizen-T

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    I wonder if they were bought out by another car maker. The fact that Tesla's technology is so far ahead of other EVs, and that the Cheif Engineer and Chassis Engineer left at the same time. Would not be surprised to see them at Nissan or GM or maybe even Fisker in the near future. If that happens, we might see some lawsuits too.

    Might just be about money.
     
  8. Eberhard

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    There are some non-prof at teslas top. They don't want to know what the customers want/need - destroying potential. I still wonder why they finally made a type 2 mennekes charging cable - after more then one year i was waiting for it.
     
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    Eberhard #421 Model S #S32

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    They were destroying the value of their options.
     
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    Found this on the official tesla forums, but no link.

    PETER RAWLINSON AND NICK SAMPSON LEAVE TESLA! | Forums | Tesla Motors
     
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    From Forbes

    A Tesla spokesman told Reuters that “having completed conceptual and design engineering work on Model S, Peter has decided to step away to tend to personal matters in the U.K.” Sampson, Tesla added, had “fully transitioned” off the Model S at the time of his departure.

    The company said Jerome Guillen, formerly an engineer with Daimler AG, will assume Rawlinson’s duties. Former Volkswagen executive Eric Bach will take over for Sampson.

    TSLA in the regular session fell $5.46, or 19.3%, to $22.79; the stock has recovered a bit after hours, rebounding $1.33, or 5.8%, to $24.12.
     
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    this is article on bloomberg
     
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    I heard the rumor that Rawlinson was out this morning. Looks like it's true. Odd to leave before launch. Looks bad regardless of the reasons.
     
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    #16 Doug_G, Jan 13, 2012
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    It may not have actually been simultaneous, and could be completely uncorrelated. Announcing them together gets the bad news out of the way in one go.

    Personal reasons are entirely possible. I'm not sure how old Peter Rawlingson is, but he's obviously not a youngster and may be wanting to slow down. From all accounts it's a highly caffeinated environment at Tesla.

    In terms of timing, this is probably the best time to go if he wanted to bow out. You don't leave a company in the lurch by exiting in the middle of a major project. The vast bulk of the Model S engineering is complete; right now they're polishing the details and doing the production transition. Probably the major design elements of Model X have also been completed.
     
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    According to the article, one of the execs left for personal reasons, the other unknown. Both did proper handing off of work before leaving, and worthy replacements (from Daimler and Volkswagen) have already been found.

    As for the stock price, that's likely just an over-reaction, like Mycroft said.

    It'll definite rebound after the Model X event in February.
     
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