Jerome Guillen had worked at Tesla in various high-level positions since 2010.
Jerome Guillen had worked at Tesla in various high-level positions since 2010.
  • Jerome Guillen, Tesla's president of heavy trucking, has left the company, Tesla said on Monday.
  • Guillen joined the automaker in 2010 and led the Model S project and Tesla's automotive division.
  • Guillen earned more than $46 million (R644 million) in salary and stock in 2020.
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One of Tesla's top executives has left the company, it said in a filing on Monday.

Jerome Guillen, who has led Tesla's heavy trucking division since March, left the automaker as of last Thursday. The company's share price held steady in after-hours trading.

Tesla did not give a reason for the departure, but said in the filing: "We thank him for his many contributions and wish him well in his future career."

Before serving as Tesla's head of heavy trucking, Guillen was the company's president of automotive from 2018 to 2021. From 2016 to 2018, Guillen served as Tesla's vice-president of trucks and other programmes, and prior to that he was the automaker's vice-president of worldwide sales and service. Guillen joined the electric-car maker in November 2010 to head up the Model S program.

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Guillen climbed Tesla's ranks over the years to become one of its highest-paid executives. In 2020, he earned more than $46 million (R644 million) in salary and stock awards.

His departure comes at a critical time for Tesla's trucking division. The Tesla Semi has had trouble getting off the ground since it made its debut in 2017. Since then, major retailers and distributors have ordered thousands of trucks, but Tesla has yet to deliver a single unit. Tesla initially eyed a 2019 on-sale date, but now says the first deliveries will happen in 2021.

This month, Tesla also lost its head of energy operations, RJ Johnson.

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