Following the publication of its 2015 Q3 earnings, Tesla Motors has announced two brand-new executive hires: former Google Vice President of Finance Jason Wheeler and Jon McNeill, former CEO of digital content management company Ensio.
In a short but sweet press release timed just after the end of Tesla’s Q3 earnings conference call, Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] detailed the two men will take up their positions at the firm in the near future.
Taking over from Tesla’s current Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja, Jason Wheeler joins the Californian automaker after 13 years at Google, where he was Vice President of Finance and led Google’s global finance function. A former graduate summa cum laude from Colorado State University, where he studied finance, Wheeler is also a former Harvard alumnus, having completed an MBA at the prestigious business school there.
The outgoing CFO, Deepak Ahuja, who announced his intention to retire from Tesla earlier this year will officially step down at the end of the month, moving into a caretaker role to ease the transition and ensure the smooth running of Tesla during the change.
“What the Tesla team has achieved in building compelling alternatives in transport and energy is simply incredible. I am so excited to join an amazing team dedicated to such a broad and inspiring mission. Looking forward to jumping into the fast lane,” said Wheeler of his new position with the company.
Joining Tesla as the President of Global Sales and Service is Jon McNeill, former CEO of Enservio. Named in 2013 as the “Most Admired CEO” in the small/midsize company category from the Boston Business Journal. A graduate of Northwestern University, McNeill is no stranger to the world of business, having founded multiple companies.
But Tesla is most likely interested in his previous experience at Sterling Collision Centers, a company that he founded that reduced industry repair times by 90% (from 18 days to less than 2 days), a skill that’s probably been brought into sharp focus after the less than stellar report from Consumer Reports on Tesla reliability.
Taking up the reigns on the sales and service side, McNeill seems keen; “Very few companies are literally changing the world for the better – Tesla is. I’m thrilled to join this incredible team,” said McNeill in an official quote accompanying the announcement of his hiring.
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