The revolving door of Tesla Motors leadership keeps turning. Today, executive vice president of vehicle engineering and manufacturing, Mike Donoughe, is calling it quits, just over a year after he started the job. Formerly employed by Chrysler, Donoughe was charged with overseeing engineering while Tesla was ramping up production of their Roadster and developing an improved powertrain.
Donoughe will now serve as a senior partner at St. Clair Consortium, a Detroit, Michigan based consulting firm, where he will advise companies on developing lean processes. As the co-founder of the not-for-profit Cornerstone Youth Development Fund, Donoughe will continue to promote youth education in Detroit and Eastern Africa.
With Tesla now making 100 Roadsters per month and preparing to launch the Model S, the EV company says Donoughe's resignation was well timed. Though chief engineer for the Model S, Peter Rawlinson, will remain onboard, Tesla hasn't named Donoughe's replacement yet.
This is Tesla's third executive resignation in less than a year. Last December, then marketing boss, Darryl Siry, left the company and was replaced by Michael van der Sande. Van der Sande lasted until early August before he quit for personal reasons.