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Tesla’s Senior Executives Face Layoffs Amid Declining Car Sales: Elon Musk Takes Drastic Measures

Tesla’s Senior Executives Face Layoffs Amid Declining Car Sales: Elon Musk Takes Drastic Measures

Tesla, the renowned electric vehicle maker, is undergoing significant restructuring as CEO Elon Musk takes drastic measures to counter falling sales and streamline operations. According to a report by The Information, Musk is thinning Tesla’s senior management and laying off hundreds of employees, frustrated by the ongoing decline in sales and the perceived slow pace of previous layoffs.

In an email sent to senior executives, Musk announced the departure of Rebecca Tinucci, senior director of Tesla’s Supercharger business, and Daniel Ho, head of new products. Additionally, Musk stated that he would dismiss all employees working under Tinucci and Ho, including approximately 500 employees within the Supercharger group. This move reflects Musk’s determination to enforce strict headcount and cost reduction measures within the company.

“Hopefully, these actions are making it clear that we need to be absolutely hard-core about headcount and cost reduction,” Musk wrote in the email, as reported by The Information. “While some on the exec staff are taking this seriously, most are not yet doing so.” The report also mentioned the dissolution of Tesla’s public policy team, previously led by executive Rohan Patel.

This latest wave of layoffs comes shortly after Tesla’s announcement of reducing over 10% of its global workforce earlier in the month. The company faces challenges due to falling sales and increasing competition in the electric vehicle market. Musk’s aim appears to be to streamline operations and cut costs as Tesla navigates through an intensifying price war among electric vehicle manufacturers.

The departure of two senior leaders, battery development chief Drew Baglino and former executive Rohan Patel, has drawn mixed reactions from investors. While Musk expressed gratitude to both leaders, some investors have expressed concerns about the implications of these departures.

Tesla has yet to respond to requests for comment from Reuters regarding the recent layoffs and restructuring efforts.

In response to the broader context of the electric vehicle market, Tesla has been striving to maintain its position as a leader in the industry. Despite facing challenges, the company continues to innovate and expand its product line. Musk’s decisive actions reflect the company’s commitment to adapt to market changes and ensure long-term sustainability.

As Tesla adjusts its strategy in the face of evolving market dynamics, the future of the company remains a topic of great interest and scrutiny among investors and industry observers alike.

 

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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