Tesla’s head of China, Tom Chu, has been promoted to directly oversee the electric car maker’s U.S. assembly plant and sales operations in North America and Europe, according to an internal posting on the reporting line seen by Reuters.
The move makes Zhu one of Tesla’s highest-profile executives after CEO Elon Musk, with direct oversight of deliveries in all major markets and operations of major production hubs.
Zhu’s reporting line separates Tesla’s car design and development (both areas in which Musk has been heavily involved), giving Musk a clear representative on the more near-term challenges of managing global sales and production. you will have to create.
Tesla’s post indicated that Mr. Chu’s title as vice president of Greater China had not changed and that he also retained responsibility as Tesla’s top sales executive for the rest of Asia as of Tuesday. was showing.
Tesla did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Reuters reviewed the company’s internal org chart and confirmed the changes with two people who saw it. They requested anonymity as they are not authorized to discuss the matter.
Zhu and his reporting team were brought into Tesla late last year to troubleshoot production issues in the US.
Zhu’s appointment to the global role comes as Musk is distracted by the Twitter acquisition and Tesla analysts and investors deepen the senior management bench so he can focus on Tesla. It took place at a time of call to action.
Under Zhu, Tesla’s Shanghai factory recovered strongly COVID lockdown in China.
Tesla announced on Monday that it sold 405,278 vehicles in the fourth quarter, according to data compiled by Refinitiv.
According to Tesla’s notification on the reporting line seen by Reuters, the Tesla managers reporting to Chu are:
- Jason ShohanProduction Manager giga factory in Texas.
- Frusikesh Sagarsenior director of manufacturing at Tesla’s Fremont factory.
- Joe Ward, Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
- Troy Jones, Vice President of North American Sales and Service, said:
Tesla country managers in China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand continue to report to Zhu, according to the notice.
Zhu does not report directly to Tesla’s Berlin factory, but a person familiar with the matter said responsibility for its operations falls to Amsterdam-based Ward’s reporting line. Ward was not immediately available for comment.
Hassle free manager
Zhu, who was born in China and now holds a New Zealand passport, joined Tesla in 2014. Prior to that, he was a project manager at a company founded by his MBA classmate at Duke University, advising Chinese contractors working on his infrastructure projects in Africa.
2 months in Shanghai COVID blockadewas vermilion in The first batch of employees were sleeping in the factory trying to keep it running, people working with him said.
Vermillion, the gentle manager who got Buzz’s haircut, Good feeling He wore a Tesla-branded fleece jacket and lived in government.subsidized Apartment 10 minutes drive from Shanghai giga factoryIt was not immediately clear whether he would transfer after being promoted.
he said the company cyber truck An improved version of the Model 3 sedan. Tesla has also said it is developing a cheaper electric car, but has not given details of its plans.
When Tesla posted a photo on Twitter last month celebrating the Model Y production milestone at its Austin, Texas factory, Zhu said: in Hundreds of workers smiling on the factory floor.
Alan Wang, who was promoted to vice president of sales in China in July, was listed as the legal representative of the business in registration documents filed with Chinese regulators following the company’s change last month.
Tesla board member James Murdoch said in November that the company had recently identified a possible successor to Mr. Musk, but did not name them. Murdoch did not respond to a request for comment.
electric Zhu previously reported that it would be responsible for sales, shipping and service in the United States.