The Tesla execs who have left as Elon Musk shakes things up with 'hard core' layoffs

  • Since Tesla's layoffs announcement in mid-April, six known executives have left the company.

  • Some of the execs have cited plans to spend more time with family, while others have stayed silent.

  • Elon Musk vowed to cut 10% of Tesla's workforce last month and called for "hardcore" cuts Monday.

Elon Musk is down half a dozen executives.

Since Musk announced layoffs of more than 10% of its workforce in April, six executives have departed. While some cited resignations, others left as their teams were completely dissolved.

In his latest email to employees regarding further layoffs on Monday, Musk said "we need to be absolutely hard core about headcount and cost reduction," according to a report from The Information.

Musk threatened even more executive heads could roll if deep-enough cuts weren't made.

He said that he would ask for the resignation of any executive "who retains more than three people who don't obviously pass the excellent, necessary and trustworthy test," according to the report.

BI compiled a list of all the known executives that have left Tesla in the last month, in order from most to least recent.

Tesla did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the executive departures.

Allie Arebalo, senior director of human resources in North America

Arebalo is the latest known exec to leave Tesla, according to a Bloomberg report from May 1. She was at the company for about six years and was promoted last February to oversee HR in North America.

It's not clear whether the top HR executive, who reported directly to Musk, was laid off or resigned.

Arebalo did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on her departure.

Rebecca Tinucci, senior director of Supercharging

Tesla superchargers
Tesla superchargers are the fastest EV chargers.Genaro Molina/Getty

In the email sent to employees on Monday, Musk announced the departure of Tinucci and her entire Supercharger team. The cuts would result in about 500 layoffs, The Information reported.

Tinucci was responsible for managing Tesla's global charging-related business units, like its supercharging and destination charging businesses, according to her LinkedIn profile.

The elimination of Tinucci and her team concerned other EV carmakers, like Rivian, Ford, and General Motors, Bloomberg reported. The three companies use Tesla's charging connectors for EVs and lost a main contact of communication when Tinucci departed, the report said.

Tinucci did not immediately respond to BI's request for comment.

Daniel Ho, director of vehicle programs and new product introduction

In the email Musk sent about being "hard core" about layoffs, he also announced the departure of Ho, according to The Information. Ho's team would also be dissolved, the email said.

Ho worked at Tesla for over 10 years and moved into the director role over a year ago, according to his LinkedIn.

Ho did not respond to a request for comment about his departure.

Martin Viecha, vice president of investor relations

Following Tesla's earnings call on April 23, the ex-VP said in a LinkedIn post that "after a 7-year sprint, it's time to take a break and spend a lot of time with my family."

The former Tesla exec said he spoke with Musk and chief financial officer Vaibhav Taneja about his resignation about a month prior to the public announcement.

Drew Baglino, SVP of powertrain and electrical engineering

Tesla Model S
Tesla's Model S has an advanced electric powertrain.Horacio Villalobos/Getty

Baglino announced his departure from Tesla on April 15, right before Musk announced more than 10% of the workforce would be laid off.

But Baglino already lost the red icon in his X profile before he made the public announcement, according to the EV blog Electrek.

Baglino joined Tesla in 2006 as an electrical engineer working on the Roadster, the company's first vehicle. He became one of only four execs named as "leadership" on Tesla's investor relations page by the time he left.

The ex-SVP said in a post on X he had "no concrete plans beyond spending more time with my family and young kids."

Rohan Patel, vice president public policy and business development

Rohan Patel
Rohan served as associate director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Patel, who served on former President Obama's administration, worked at Tesla for eight years and announced his departure on April 15.

Patel said in a post on X his plans were to be a recess monitor for his second-grade daughter, practice violin, attend "bucket list sporting events," and take his "very patient wife on some long intended travel."

Musk commented on the post thanking Patel for his work.

Patel told TechCrunch he left because of large "overall changes" at the EV giant.

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