Another vice president of Tesla Inc. leave the company, according to people familiar with the case, while Elon Musk struggles to prevent an exodus of senior executives.
Liam O'Connor, vice president of global supply management, resigned from the electric car manufacturer, said the people who asked for anonymity because the information was not made public. Representatives of Tesla did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
O & # 39; Connor, who joined Tesla of Apple Inc. in March 2015, is at least the fifth senior executive to step off with the car manufacturer within a few weeks. The company lost its chief accounting officer and heads of human resources and communication this month. Justin McAnear, the vice president of global finance, is scheduled to leave in early October.
The flight of top managers has rattled investors because it coincides with a series of missteps by Musk, 47. Tesla is facing probes by the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission and investor lawsuits in connection with his short-lived attempt to take the company privately . The billionaire himself has been indicted for calling a cave replacement a pedophile and smoking marijuana during a livestreamed podcast with a comedian.
Musk, who is both chairman and chief executive officer, announced earlier this month a series of promotions aimed at rebuilding his senior management team from within. His most significant move was to elevate Jerome Guillen into automotive president, a newly created function that includes the coordination of Tesla's vehicle supply chain. This job description suggests that Guillen's function would probably be overlapped with or involved in overseeing O & # 39; Connor.