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Cars October, 25 2013

Tesla Hires Former Apple Vice President to Develop New Cars

Tesla Motors has hired Doug Field to be its vice president of vehicle programs, responsible for driving development of new vehicles. Field most recently served as vice president of Mac hardware engineering at Apple. During his time there, he led the development of many products at the Cupertino company including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac. Field began his career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.

Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world,” said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. “Tesla’s future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug’s experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team.

Regarding the move, Field said the following:

Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple. I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world—while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley.

Doug has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue.

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