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Two Tesla Production Chiefs to Leave Ahead of Biggest Challenge Yet
Tom Randall

May 4, 2016 — 12:35 PM
Two top manufacturing executives are leaving Tesla Motors Inc., including the global head of production, at a time when the electric-car company is about to release its most important car: the mass-production Model 3.
Greg Reichow, Tesla's vice president of production and one of its highest-paid executives, and Josh Ensign, vice president of manufacturing, will leave the company. A Tesla spokesperson confirmed both departures and said Reichow will remain until his replacement is found.
A person familiar with the situation who isn't authorized to speak about the matter said the executive changes are linked to delays, glitches, and a recall that have bedeviled Tesla's Model X. Tesla denied any connection between the departures and production problems with its SUV. "This is not about the Model X," said a Tesla spokesperson. "After being at Tesla for over five years and leading its production team for the past three years, Greg Reichow has announced his intention to take a leave of absence from Tesla so that he can have a well-earned break."...Gee, nice work if you can get it...5 years and then you can retire...:rolleyes:
The latest high-level personnel changes brings to five the total number of Tesla vice presidents who have left the company this year, and Reichow marks the biggest departure. He served as the leader of car production and had been one of Tesla's highest-compensated employees, making almost $6.4 million in cash, stock, and options in the last two years, according to company filings. Tesla did not elaborate on Ensign's plan to leave.
"Greg and the team deserve a lot of credit for building an all-new manufacturing organization from the ground up and for making Model S and Model X a reality," said Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk in an e-mail to Bloomberg. "We're confident that with the strength of the team, high-quality manufacturing at Tesla will continue." In the same e-mail provided by Tesla, Reichow added: "My belief in Tesla's ability to successfully deliver great cars and inspire the world to drive electric remains as strong as ever."
While Tesla described Reichow's exit as a leave of absence—and other executives have left and rejoined—the company also said Reichow will be involved in handing off his responsibilities to a successor to ensure uninterrupted production.

The launch of Tesla’s Model X, which Reichow helped oversee, was marred by delays. Musk has publicly taken responsibility for what he described as engineering "hubris" that packed too many new features into the first version of the SUV, including the double-hinged "falcon-wing" doors and mono-post seats. The Model X was delayed by more than 18 months, following missed launch dates for previous models. Several thousand of the earliest Model X vehicles were recalled over problems with the seats.
“In retrospect,” Musk said in September, “we would not have had so many features and functionality.”
The company has been working to resolve the problems. Model X deliveries have been increasing, and reviews have been positive. Tesla will report first-quarter earnings after the close of stock trading on Wednesday.
Other senior executives who have left Tesla this year include Michael Zanoni, vice president of finance and worldwide controller; James Chen, vice president of regulatory affairs and deputy general counsel; and Ricardo Reyes, vice president of global communications. Tesla said that of 40 executive positions filled in the last year, only one has left. Half the people who report directly to Musk have been at the company for more than five years.
Reichow joined Tesla in April 2011. He had previously worked at U.S. solar panel manufacturer SunPower for more than seven years, according to his profile posted on LinkedIn, which cited no prior auto industry experience. Ensign joined Tesla in June 2014 after working at Honeywell for more than a decade. Ensign could not immediately be reached for comment.
Next up for Tesla may be its biggest manufacturing and production challenge yet: building the Model 3. The $35,000 mass-market electric car received deposits for 400,000 reservations in the weeks after the March 31 unveiling of the prototype. Before the designated launch date of late 2017, Tesla needs to massively ramp up production capacity—first for the Model X, then for the batteries that power all of Tesla's vehicles, and finally for the Model 3 itself. Much of that effort will now fall to an as-yet-unnamed top production executive....I think I heard the slippage of delivery as this was being typed...:rolleyes:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-04/two-tesla-production-chiefs-to-leave-ahead-of-biggest-challenge-yet
 

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They are taking a vacation courtesy of Musk.

An all expense paid trip to Mars.



Or at least that's what the families will be told.
 

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Personnel turnover in the auto industry is nothing new. Shortly after the Volt was introduced, key players left GM. What happened? The best Volt ever got produced anyway. Same with Tesla. The company will move forward and new people will take over.
 

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I considered a job at Tesla that would have given me much more insight into their SOPs, but because I did not, I can't say for sure how strong their procedural documents and enforcement are. If they are weak, this could be a very painful loss. If they are strong, then yes, that individual is very easily replaceable. In fact, his leaving could represent a vast improvement in productivity.
 

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A whole new Quality Culture needs to be installed. Letting foxes run the henhouse failed. Time to put a rooster in charge and keep the foxes on a short leash.
 

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I don't understand while someone would leave Tesla voluntarily as this point, unless they couldn't handle the hours. Successfully launching the Model 3 and Gigafactory would be a major career accomplishment that few could replicate.
 

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I don't understand while someone would leave Tesla voluntarily as this point, unless they couldn't handle the hours. Successfully launching the Model 3 and Gigafactory would be a major career accomplishment that few could replicate.
It could be they were "retired" due to the Model X issue, but the timing is off.

It could have something to do with the '500,000 cars a year in 2018'. They might not have wanted be involved in that, or Musk didn't think they could handle it.

I hope they succeed but I'm not sure it's a realistic goal.
 

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Elon says Tesla goal is to build 100K Model 3 in 2017. Maybe they need some people with fresh ideas to reach this goal. Also, Tesla has leased a huge ware house in Livermore. Some say for Model 3 manufacturing but Tesla has not made any announcement as to the reason for the real estate.
 

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I don't understand while someone would leave Tesla voluntarily as this point, unless they couldn't handle the hours. Successfully launching the Model 3 and Gigafactory would be a major career accomplishment that few could replicate.
The story is that the when the X was launched that many put in twenty hour days to get the few Xs that rolled across the stage to actually be there and one essentially was there with wet paint. As in, it wasn't ready to launch and I bet these two left because Musk is already screwing the III up. His meddling nearly ended the Roadster before it launched and those novel X features are all likely at his insistence and stubbornness.

Ramping up to 500k isn't simply hiring people and buying machinery and I bet these two bailed because they realized it meant three or more years of no life and all work. When your boss has a sleeping bag for staying next to the assembly line how can you reasonably expect a good work environment?
 

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This year, Tesla is sticking to its 80,000 to 90,000 delivery guidance....even though they missed this quarter's data...so they'll need to step up the delivery cycles for the rest of the year...

Tesla would have to out produce Henry Ford's Model-T numbers at a faster rate to be make the numbers Musk is predicting...when he's predicting they will occur in 2018...


This chart show how Tesla has upped the future production game...
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-04/tesla-s-wild-new-forecast-changes-the-trajectory-of-an-entire-industry#media-2
 

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Two Year Life Expectancy

How long will the Audi Production guy survive at Tesla?...:rolleyes:
 
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