Elon Musk said that Tesla’s Chief Technologist JB Straubel leaves his post, which he held for more than 15 years. It is worth noting that Straubel still remains in the company, he simply moves to the position of “senior adviser.”
“I’m not disappearing, and I just wanted to make sure that people understand that this was not some, you know, lack of confidence in the company, or the team, or anything like that,” – Straubel said
“I’d like to thank JB for his fundamental role in creating and enabling Tesla,” CEO Elon Musk said on a call with analysts Wednesday evening. “If we hadn’t had lunch in 2003, Tesla wouldn’t wouldn’t exist, basically.”
By Elon`s words, this position will be occupied by Drew Baglino, vice president of technology, although it is not yet clear whether he will be called technical director formally or will simply perform this work temporarily.
Recall that Straubel joined the Tesla team in the mid-2000s, at the time when Musk first invested a startup founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. By the way, Musk and Straubel call themselves co-founders of Tesla.
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