Tesla’s director of growth and head of its referral program has left the company — here are all the key names who have departed in recent months (TSLA)


Tesla has seen a lot of senior employees leave in the last year.

As the automaker has faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.

The outflow hasn’t stopped in 2019, either.

After losing its CFO in January and top lawyer in February, Tesla’s director of growth and head of its customer referral program has departed the company, Business Insider confirmed on Friday, March 29.

Praveen Arichandran joined Tesla in 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile and news reports from the time, from Facebook, where he spent four years at the social network managing product growth.

His departure from Tesla comes after a strange few months for the company’s referral program. In February, Tesla ended the program, which had previously given car upgrades and free charging in exchange for recruiting new buyers, in order to save money. The company then resurrected a modified version of the program in March, with free supercharging and raffle tickets for a free Roadster.

Arichandran is joining Citizen, a local app that monitors crime in a user’s neighborhood, to oversee growth.

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These are the key names who have left Tesla or have announced their departure in 2018 or so far in 2019, as well as when they left and where they went next (according to their LinkedIn profile or company announcements):

  • January – Jason Mendez, director of manufacturing engineering: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January – Will McColl, manager of equipment engineering: founded WaveForm Design
  • February – Jon McNeill, president of global sales and services: became COO of Lyft
  • March – Eric Branderiz, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Enphase Energy
  • March – Susan Repo, corporate treasurer and vice president of finance: became CFO of Topia (she left Topia in June, according to her LinkedIn page)
  • April – Jim Keller, head of Autopilot hardware engineering: became head of silicon engineering at Intel
  • April – Georg Ell, director of Western Europe operations: became CEO of Smoothwall
  • May – Matthew Schwall, director of field performance engineering: became heady of field safety at Waymo
  • July – Ganesh Srivats, vice president overseeing retail, delivery, and marketing: became CEO of Moda Operandi
  • September – Sarah O’Brien, vice president of communications: became VP of executive communications at Facebook
  • September – Gabrielle Toledano, chief people officer: became executive in residence at Comcast Ventures
  • September – Dave Morton, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Anaplan
  • September – Liam O’Connor, vice president of global supply management: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • September – Antoin Abou-Haydar, senior director of production and quality: became vice president of global quality for Byton
  • October – Justin McAnear, vice president of worldwide finance and operations: became CFO of 10X Genomics
  • November – Phil Rothenberg, vice president in the legal department: became general counsel of Sonder
  • November – Jeff Jones, head of global security: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • November – Dan Kim, senior director of global sales, marketing, and delivery: became director of Airbnb Plus at Airbnb
  • December – Aaron Chew, director of investor relations: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January 2019 — Todd Maron, general counsel: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January 2019 — Charles Mwangi, senior director of engineering: LinkedIn profile says he is working at an unnamed startup
  • February 2019 — Cindy Nicola, vice president of global recruiting: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • February 2019 — Dane Butswinkas, general counsel: returning to his trial practice at the firm Williams & Connolly
  • March 2019 — Deepak Ahuja, CFO: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • March 2019 — Praveen Arichandran, director of growth: joining Citizen in April to lead growth.

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