Tesla Sees yet Another Shift in Management: Co-Founder and CTO, JB Straubel Is Leaving

Moving from Chief Technology Officer to an advisory role, JB Straubel has joined many of Tesla's top management as they step down or away.

Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, announced on Thursday that JB Straubel, the company's CTO and co-founder, will be leaving his post and moving to an advisory role. His position will be filled by Drew Baglino. 

Straubel oversaw many projects during his time as part of the carmaker's top management, such as the company's renowned battery technology, its power electronics, motors, software, and controls, among others. 

The announcement of his departure comes directly after Tesla's second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday. One that left a bit to be desired. 


Tesla's disappointing earnings report

Straubel will still keep a foot in the door as part of his upcoming advisory role, as he said: "I'm excited to stay involved in some of our core technologies and all that and help where I can."

He didn't forget to mention that it's "not an executive type role."

Drew Baglino will be taking on his position as CTO.

Tesla Sees yet Another Shift in Management: Co-Founder and CTO, JB Straubel Is Leaving
Some fun moments from the Tesla 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting With Elon and J.B. and Drew, 14+ years as Tesla veterans. Source: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

Straubel isn't the first of Tesla's top-ranking executives to leave his post in recent months. Steve McManus, the vice president who looked after the engineering of the interior and exterior of the cars left the company to join Apple this month

Michael Schwekutsch, Tesla's former vice president in charge of electric powertrains engineering also left the company to join Apple's ranks. 

Tesla Sees yet Another Shift in Management: Co-Founder and CTO, JB Straubel Is Leaving
Jeffrey B. Straubel, member of the founding team and Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors. Source: RudolphSimon/Wikimedia Commons.

Last month, Felicia Mayo, the previous head of diversity and human resources at Tesla, left, as well as Peter Hochholdinger, who overlooked manufacturing at the Fremont factory in California. 

On top of these departures, the company's less-than-stellar earnings report showed a higher loss than expected as well as a lower revenue gain. This resulted in a 10 percent drop in the company's shares.


It's not looking very promising as Tesla's management plays a game of musical chairs. Let's see who's next in line.

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