By on December 15, 2014

Veronica Wu

After less than nine months at the helm, Tesla China president Veronica Wu will be resigning from the top job, and leaving the company behind.

Bloomberg reports Wu, who joined the automaker from Apple last December, took the wheel after previous subsidiary chief, Kingston Chang, left earlier this year. Her replacement will be Tom Zhu, who currently is in charge of Tesla’s charging network development in China.

Wu’s last day with Tesla is unknown, nor are her plans upon leaving the company.

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10 Comments on “Tesla Losing Chinese Chief After Less Than Nine Months...”


  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    I’ve been following Bertel Schmitt on Twitter about this; he’s been taking the mickey out of Tesla with such vitriol I have to wonder if he stands to profit on shorting them.

  • avatar
    Noble713

    Any Tesla tech showing up in a domestic Chinese EV-maker’s cars after this is *entirely* coincidental.

    /sarc

    • 0 avatar
      285exp

      Hasn’t Tesla offered to share it’s technology for free? Why would the Chinese need to resort to stealing something they’re able to get for nothing?

    • 0 avatar
      WheelMcCoy

      Agree with @285exp… Tesla has made its patents available to all.

      Did some homework on Wu. She attended Yale and Berkeley, and worked at Apple from 2006 to 2013. She doesn’t sound like a job hopper. She’s been at the helm of Tesla China for 9 months, but has been with Tesla for a year. Still, I don’t think that’s enough time to acquire the knowledge to make a China Tesla Knockoff. She’d have to steal some engineers too.

      She didn’t even give the standard executive excuse of “stepping down to spend more time with fill-in-the-blank.” It seems rather sudden leading me to speculate “something happened” to make her ineffective in China. Maybe it’s just a thankless job and she wants out.

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    Did she perform a knowledge transfer so she can share with a homegrown company perhaps?

  • avatar
    theupperonepercent

    Any company that does business in China will only be allowed to do so as long as the PRC controls it and they benefit mostly from it.

    China is more than likely going to build their own EV, targeting their own people and eventually cut Tesla out – maybe even stealing their ideas/technology in the process.

    Tesla wants to grow, but Musk wants to maintain control and do it his way. The EV will never replace mainstream cars and will remain a niche vehicle for a while.

  • avatar
    GMat

    Great Looker

    I might have considered buying one from her, but no longer

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Next time they should do better executive assessment for their top corporate officers.

    “Wu, who joined the automaker from Apple last December”

    Interesting…

  • avatar
    wmba

    Cadillac is hiring her to replace Melody Lee.

    Apple background? Check. Commonsense? Check. Hell, she’s baling on Elon.

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