Tesla Hires Apple Employee Rich Heley – Appoints Him to Position of Senior Director for Manufacturing Technology

JAN 7 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 7

Tesla Motors continue its trend of hiring former Apple employees with the addition of Rich Heley to the automaker’s executive team.

Rich Heley Signs On With Tesla

Rich Heley Signs On With Tesla

Heley was previously responsible for heading up Apple’s alloy engineering division and is claimed to be responsible for assisting with the design of the manufacturing process for the iPod and iPhone.

Heley assumes the role of Senior Director for Manufacturing Technology at Tesla where his duties will include “conforming the manufacturing process to the best possible design without compromise” and “bringing the fit, finish and materials used to a level unprecedented in the automotive industry as well as continuing to advance the performance and efficiency through advances in manufacturing,” according to ValueWalk.

Heley had only spent a short time with Apple.  His work started at Apple in September 2013, and Tesla reportedly hired him sometime in November.

Tesla’s Doug Field, Vice President of Vehicle Programs, formerly worked at Apple as did George Blankenship, Tesla’s head of retail and marketing operations who retired recently.

Source: ValueWalk

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“bringing the fit, finish and materials used to a level unprecedented in the automotive industry”
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This will be hard to do when he moves manufacturing to Foxconn/China

Hahahaha. You have a point.

Because Foxconn makes shoddy products for Apple? I think between the dealer lawfare, multiple other lawsuits and the media frenzy that followed the fires the US is an increasingly hostile environment for Tesla. China OTOH is always very happy with innovative new industries and I think moving Model E production to China would not only keep cost down but might even convince Chinese judges that the Tesla brandname really belongs to Tesla.

Because all your intellectual property is so well protected there. 😉

“moving Model E production to China would not only keep cost down but might even convince Chinese judges that the Tesla brandname really belongs to Tesla.”

So Tesla is supposed to reward China for blatantly stealing their product identity, down to the level of exactly copying their “T” logo?

Do you really think that this wasn’t done as a direct insult to Tesla and as a way to extort money from them by forcing Tesla into buying their own identity back?

Tesla would look like fools if they rewarded China for allowing this to happen…

missed the Foxconn headline, thanks..
and
Ouch..
hope this isn’t firm yet (and that my X will still be built here).

When I first read the replies to this article, I thought they were way off base. Tesla is the definition of “Let’s show the world what America can do, pride of the Red, White and Blue.” A big reason for their success is they are showing the world what America still has in it. No way would they cheapen the brand and go to China for major part manufacturing! Then I did some research and noticed that the replies are correct, Tesla has been hiring more and more department heads from Apple. (not a good sign) Apple has a proven record of killing off jobs in the USA and outsourcing them to China. They did it to make obscene profit margins, well above the norm ever seen before. Money was the one, and only, driving force. Apple did a great job at making huge profits from those that didn’t care where the devices they were plugging into their heads came from, so long as they were cheap (as in Price). Quality didn’t matter so much, if it died you could just take it back to Walmart/Best Buy for an exchange or just toss it and pick up another one. Now… Read more »