Faraday Future Announces Hiring Of 1,000th Employee

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In an attempt to add some addition legitimacy to its efforts, and to remove the vaporware tag often associated from its name, Faraday Future has announced the hiring of its 1,000th employee.

Clearly, it is kinda ridiculous now to say that an automaker with 1,000-plus workers is working on nothing at all. So, let’s drop that vaporware status and ready ourselves for some big reveals coming from Faraday soon – which is a good thing, the more the merrier.

Plus, Faraday Future mules have now often been spotted testing out on public roads, so it’s only a matter of time before the real deal gets…revealed.

Full press release below:

Faraday Future Reaches 1,000 U.S. Employees

Los Angeles, September 19, 2016 – Faraday Future welcomes its 1000th employee in the U.S., a milestone showcasing the company’s swift expansion and the magnetism of its vision for future mobility. Founded in May 2014 by a handful of industry pioneers, FF quickly gained momentum as a newcomer in the industry, bridging the gap between the automotive and new technology markets. Based in Los Angeles, FF has since opened two new offices in the U.S. in Silicon Valley and North Las Vegas.

“We are incredibly proud of the talent that makes up Faraday Future, and want to take this opportunity to thank each employee for their work,” said Alan Cherry, VP of HR, Faraday Future. “At our LA headquarters, our workforce is comprised of experts from more than 30 different countries, with 60 unique languages spoken. We are a technology-focused company driven by the common goal of building the next generation of mobility. Roughly 75% of Faraday Future’s employees specialize in Engineering and R&D to help engineer and validate our future vehicles; the remaining workforce consists of Design, Marketing & Communications, Sales, HR, Accounting, Legal, Finance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Administration departments. We look forward to continuing the expansion of our company.”

To celebrate this new chapter in the company’s growth, we at Faraday Future would like to recognize some of the top talent spearheading change across every level of our company.

Marco Mattiacci, Global Chief Brand & Commercial Officer

Marco is an internationally awarded industry executive with more than 20 years of experience in the premium segment. Marco oversees all global FF branding, marketing, communications, distribution, sales, and user/customer experience. Marco joined FF from Ferrari, where he served as President & CEO in both Asia Pacific and the U.S., and held the coveted position as Managing Director & Team Principal of the legendary Scuderia Ferrari F1 racing team.

James Chen, VP of Government Relations & General Counsel

James serves as FF’s General Counsel and our most senior legal representative, directing our approach to sustainable EV production, overseeing all strategic partnerships, and developing FF’s comprehensive policy and legal compliance. James joined FF from Tesla, where he served as VP of Regulatory Affairs & Deputy General Counsel.

Peter Savagian, VP of Propulsion Engineering

A leader in the field of electric drive systems, Peter heads FF’s propulsion engineering team, leading the development of energy storage, powertrain design, system controls, testing, and validation. Peter joined FF from GM, where he served as General Director of Electric Drive Systems & New Product Development.

Greg Adams, Sr. Director of Strategic Cooperation & Development

An international business leader, Greg helps formulate and drive FF’s corporate direction. He is currently overseeing our comprehensive business plan and strategic initiatives, in addition to heading our Product Portfolio team. Greg joined FF from Ferrari, where he served as Director of Marketing & Brand Experience.

Jan Becker, Sr. Director of Automated Driving

With 19 years of experience in the field of Automated Driving (AD), Jan is leading FF’s AD division to develop industry-first technologies for our future product lineup. Prior to joining FF, Jan was Director for Automated Driving at Bosch in Silicon Valley. Jan has also been a lecturer at Stanford University since 2010 in the field of Automated Driving, Driver Assistance, and Vehicle Automation.

Silva Hiti, Sr. Director of Electric Drive

Silva is one of FF’s technical leaders, overseeing all aspects of electric drive development, including powertrain packaging efficiency, powertrain controls, performance testing, and validation. A native of Yugoslavia, Silva brings a diverse background and empowering work ethic to FF. She is also one of the masterminds behind the company’s first patent, the FF Echelon Inverter. Silva joined FF from GM, where she served as Technical Fellow for Electric Power Conversion Controls.

Andrew De Haan, Plant Director

As Plant Director, Andrew serves as our key representative in the Southern Nevada region, overseeing all aspects of vehicle manufacturing and plant efficiencies. He is currently building out a team of specialists to bring this monumental manufacturing facility to life. Andrew joined FF from Tesla, where he served as Director of Global Supplier Industrialization.

Sue Neuhauser, Chief Designer of CMF (Color, Materials & Finishes)

Sue Neuhauser brings 15 years of international experience in the car industry to FF. She is an internationally recognized designer with an impressive background that spans across a variety of design disciplines. In her role as Chief Designer of CMF, Sue leads a team of designers developing all interior and exterior materials and finishes, and is responsible for driving aesthetic and innovation within FF’s future product portfolio. Sue joined FF from Tesla, where she worked as Sr. Lead CMF Designer.

Jin Kim, Chief Designer of Exteriors

Jin leads the exterior design team, driving overall design direction to shape the architecture and packaging of our future vehicles. Jin joined FF from Calty Design Research, Toyota’s California-based design studio.

Greg Ryslik, Head of Data Science & Analytics

One of the brightest minds at FF, Greg leads a team of data scientists, statisticians, and developers to forecast a wide range of necessary data, including customer growth, failure testing, and machine learning. Greg joined FF from Tesla, where he led the Data Science Team for Service. Prior to that, Greg worked in the biotech space with research on protein structure and its applications to cancer biology.

Bart Nabbe, Director of Strategic Partnerships

An expert in theoretical and applied robotics systems, Bart directs all strategic partnerships and acquisition opportunities relating to FF’s autonomous driving program. His experience and education within the field of robotics – along with his knack for identifying unique innovations and technical opportunities – are strengthening FF’s dynamic approach to automated driving. Bart recently joined FF from Apple.

Kevin Vincent, Director of Regulatory & Safety Affairs

Former Chief Counsel for NHTSA, Kevin is an industry leader in safety and environmental regulation. Using his experience as the head lawyer of the agency that regulates U.S. auto safety, Kevin ensures that safety and regulatory compliance are the top priorities for every technology, feature, and product that FF develops.

Sarah Ashton, Associate Director of Government Affairs

Sarah is a young power player in Government Affairs, specializing in urban sustainability, climate and resilience projects, and public policy. Sarah plays a crucial role in the development of FF’s manufacturing facilities in N. Las Vegas and Mare Island, where she is generating strong, strategic relationships between local, state, and federal governments, and supports FF’s consideration of government policy and regulation in corporate decision-making. Sarah joined FF from The White House, where she served as Director of its Climate Action Champion Program.

Matthias Aydt, Vehicle Line Executive

With an international background in vehicle engineering, Matthias oversees the manufacturing, engineering, and development of FF’s product portfolio. As part of the VLE team, Matthias is responsible for maintaining the rigorous quality standards of our future product lineup. Matthias joined FF from Qoros Auto, a Chinese auto manufacturer based in Shanghai, where he served as VP of Vehicle Engineering.

Irving (Bill) Strickland, Vehicle Line Executive

A leader in automotive product development, Bill oversees the engineering, manufacturing, and development of future FF vehicles. As a VLE, Bill ensures that vehicle features are developed with the customer in mind, and to achieve Faraday Future’s world class quality standards. Bill joined FF from Ford, where he served as Global Chief Program Engineer for the Ford Fusion / Mondeo.

Phil Weicker, Senior Manager of Battery Systems

Phil brings more than 15 years of experience working with EV battery and powertrain systems to FF. Developing one of FF’s most vital and fundamental components, Phil and his team are responsible for all aspects of battery development and safety.

Joe Zbegner, Head of Retail Innovation & Development

Joe brings more than 12 years of global architecture, design, and retail experience to FF. Having developed world-class retail experiences for Apple, Gap, and Banana Republic, Joe plays a critical role in developing and employing our futuristic retail experience. Joe joined FF from Gap Inc., where he served as Design Manager of Global Store Design.

We at Faraday Future are continually searching for noteworthy, hardworking talent to join our team. If you are interested in exploring career opportunities with us to help manifest the next generation of mobility, we encourage you to visit our career page at: www.ff.com/careers.

About Faraday Future
Headquartered in California, our global team of more than 1,400 employees leverages the talents of leading thinkers and passionate creators from the technology, automotive, aerospace, and digital content industries. We are developing clean, intuitive, seamlessly connected electric vehicles that will advance future mobility solutions for society by consistently challenging the status quo, reinventing our processes, and embracing new technologies.

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17 Comments on "Faraday Future Announces Hiring Of 1,000th Employee"

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Good to see an electric business plan not be so overweight on automation.

Burning a lot of cash here initially – probably at least $80M on SWB a year at this point…tick tock.

Start up companies burn cash…
Start up auto companies burn tons and tons of cash… just ask Elon…
If you dont burn cash you cant scale…
If you cant scale you are pretty much irevelant in a world that produce 90 + million ICE cars a year…

90 million cars a year, what planet are you on?

Well, if you broaden “cars” to include other commercial and non-commercial roadworthy vehicles (e.g., heavy SUV, buses, HD-trucks, etc.), he’s right here on earth: OICA data shows 90.8M produced in 2015, vitrually all ICE.

Burning lots of cash is actually a good sign.

Companies who fail to invest into their product can’t get their product into the market at all. That’s worse than burning like crazy and still getting your product to market.

If it never gets to market, it will likely die away and disappear in failure.

But if a company can get their product successfully to market, even if they create massive debt that is unsustainable, they can still use the bankruptcy laws to stay in production and restructure the debt.

Sadly, this Trump-style business model is now how the world works. Go big and flashy with all the outward signs of success, and force investors to take a haircut when behind the scenes the actual finances are a joke.

*disclaimer* I am NOT saying this is what FF is doing.

There are a lot of talented and experienced people among those 1000. I’m looking forward to what they come up with.

Talk is talk, produce something already. So many companies have their mock-ups, concepts, drawings, etc. Hiring people isn’t difficult, producing something on the scale of what Tesla has done is a whole lot different.

While I don’t necessarily doubt Faraday and actually hope they are as successful as they tout, they haven’t made anything yet.

Faraday has gone from zero to a thousand people in two years. What were you expecting? Tesla went five years between founding and Roadster production, and the Roadster was a piece of crap.

John, get familiar how long it takes to produce a car (even for an experienced automaker) or even just an updated model.

It’s between 4-7 years.

FF was only started in 2014.

I want them to succeed since more competition in this space is a good thing (especially competition that isn’t one of the established auto makers). But they had better come up with something more compelling than that FFZERO1 concept car they released at the LA Auto Show. You can’t hope to “transform transportation” with what would be an ultra-expensive 1000hp super car than only the 0.1% can afford. So all we can do is sit back and wait …

Is there anyone on this planet, who believes that the FFZERO1 is the mass market car they will produce?

It’s a foil.

Are you trying to tell me concept cars are largely engineering exercises for show and wont make it to production?? 🙁

If so Jalopnix found one that did make it to production….

Don’t start with “autopilot” nor falcon wing doors nor retractable door handles, don’t build a single battery plant that could go down.

Build a good car that people can afford and use.

I was on the Metro Bus yesterday, going by the Gardena, Ca. facility, a little after lunch time, and the FF parking lot was full to the brim with ICE cars, and overflowing onto the parking apron/entrance (back gate) to maximize extra spaces. They have definately added at least 250 employees recently, from the parking space utilization look of things. I sense they are going after Elon, and some % of Tesla market share, by 2020! Not holding my breath until they get more cars deliverd than CODA!

It appears FF has targeted Ferrari, GM, and Tesla for their top technical talent. Tells you something about FF’s future product goals.

It takes a LOT of engineering man-power to design and build successful mass-market vehicles, especially EV’s. FF has a long way to go. Compare FF’s 750 engineers to GM. GM’s Warren Technology Center alone has a staff of 21,000 focused on engineering their product lines. That does not include their design centers elsewhere around the globe. The Bolt was engineered both at the Warren facility and their Korean design studio.

The article says:

“Clearly, it is kinda ridiculous now to say that an automaker with 1,000-plus workers is working on nothing at all. So, let’s drop that vaporware status…”

I completely disagree. “Vaporware” doesn’t indicate a company isn’t working on anything. It just indicates the company has made a lot of big promises about a product it hasn’t actually produced. With Faraway Faraday Future, considering their grandiose and even at time ludicrous claims, that’s doubly true!

As an example, just look at that computer render shown above, supposedly showing what FF’s factory will look like. Now, does anyone seriously think that if it does actually get around to building an auto assembly plant, it’s going to even faintly resemble that escapee from a “Tron” sequel?

noun Computing informal

software or hardware that has been advertised but is not yet available to buy, either because it is only a concept or because it is still being written or designed.