Tesla names Apple exec Doug Field as head of new vehicle development

Article by Anita Panait, on October 25, 2013

Tesla Motors has appointed Doug Field as the vice president of vehicle programs, making him "responsible for driving development of new vehicles." Prior to Tesla, Field was vice president of Mac hardware engineering at Apple Inc., in charge of development of several Apple products, including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, Tesla said in a statement.

Field was also a former engineer at Ford. Field remarked that until Tesla, he had never seriously considered leaving Apple. He said that he started his career “with the goal of creating incredible cars,” but left the auto industry “in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere."

He said that since Tesla is the first high tech auto company in modern history, the carmaker presents an opportunity for him to “pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world” while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk highlighted the importance of Field's experience in consumer electronics and automobiles. He said that Field has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent “to develop and deliver outstanding products.”

He noted that Tesla's future depends on engineers who can “create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world,” making Field an important addition to the carmaker’s leadership team.

Topics: tesla, apple

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