Tesla Names Gaby Toledano As Chief People Officer


Tesla has announced that it replaced Arnnon Geshuri, vice president of human resources, with Gaby Toledano.

Toledano is a former executive at Electronic Arts.

The move comes during a time when Tesla is under intense scrutiny from the United Auto Workers Union.

Toledano assumes the title of Chief People Officer and will head up the human resources department. She reports directly to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Some additional details in the Tesla blog post below:

Tesla Welcomes Gaby Toledano

The Tesla Team

We would like to welcome Gaby Toledano, who has joined Tesla as Chief People Officer, leading Human Resources and Facilities, reporting into Elon Musk. Gaby joins Tesla after 10 years on the Executive Team at Electronic Arts (EA), during a time of transformation and growth. Prior to EA, Gaby led Human Resources at Siebel Systems. She has also held HR leadership positions at both Microsoft and Oracle and currently sits on four technology boards.

As Gaby joins Tesla, we would like to give a special thanks to Arnnon Geshuri, who has led HR at Tesla for more than eight years. Arnnon helped transition Tesla from a small car company that many doubted would ever succeed, to an integrated sustainable energy company with more than 30,000 employees around the globe. As Tesla prepares for the next chapter in its growth, Arnnon will be taking a short break before moving on to a new endeavor. We’re grateful for all that he has done for Tesla.

We’re excited for Gaby to bring her experience and leadership to Tesla as we accelerate towards a sustainable future.

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8 responses to "Tesla Names Gaby Toledano As Chief People Officer"
  1. kubel says:

    Just move production to a Right-to-Work state and welcome the UAW in with open arms. I support collective bargaining, but I also support the right of employees to seek employment outside that process and save $800/year.

    The reason Tesla obtained NUMMI is because of the UAW failure. UAW is responsible for the loss of 4700 jobs there, and now that someone comes along to create more jobs, they want to kill them again.

    What I would really like to see is a labor union like UAW start up their own company, where the means of investment, production, and profit (or losses) are jointly owned by the workers. Then see how well that communist model competes with a capitalist model.

    1. Alonso Perez says:

      A company owned by workers would still be capitalist, with incentive for workers to do good work. There are many companies with large worker stakes.

      Communist is ownership by the state, where the incentive to do good work is to see the party take credit for it while they announce the next five year plan. In other words, no incentive at all.

    2. Ross says:

      The issue with right to work is that an employee can opt out of paying for union services, but the union still has to provide services to said employee. If an employer wants to terminate a non-dues paying employee, the union actually has to defend that employee as they would a unionized employee at their own expense.

      I’m very open to the idea of employees being able to choose whether or not to join the union, but if they do not want to pay, they should not be entitled to the protections. The current setup is purely a means of undermining organized labor given provisions such as this.

      There’s ups and downs to unions (in a previous job, I represented management in contract negotiations, so I’m well versed in the challenges), but right to work in its current form has little to do with employee choice. There’s nowhere else in capitalist society where one can choose to whether or not to pay for the service, but gets the service regardless. That speaks volumes about the intent of those who write such legislation.

  2. Kevin C says:


    How about some unvarnished stories of what it’s like to work at Tesla? From entry level to highly skilled labor.
    It should be fun, exciting and hard. No need for abuse.
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Ward says:

    Picking someone from EA to be in charge of HR is probably not the best move… For many years, EA was the poster child of abusing developers, and while they’ve probably gotten better, the reviews on Glassdoor make it sound like they still have problems.

    1. serial anti Tesla troll Thomas says:

      that’s the reason behind. Without the slaves in Tesla’s plant, Tesla would need even much more longer to reach profitability.

    2. Alonso Perez says:

      The bigger problem is that she has zero experience with manufacturing workers. It’s a different culture from coders, who risk carpal tunnel, while in a factory you can be killed.

  4. Jim Whitehead says:

    How will unionizing solve the problems of a flexible high-tech Tesla workforce? I don’t see how they can. Robots do the grunt work and a Tesla factory is increasingly white collar. Also, most unions create inflexible books of work rules, where people with unequal skills are supposedly treated equally (on paper, not in reality). This might create work stoppages or even strikes. If union problems happen, Tesla led by a decisive Musk, could eventually move the factory to Reno Nevada, where cheap land and right-to-work laws are already enjoyed by the Gigafactory. Tesla already owns extra parcels near it for “future expansion.”

    Many Tesla Glassdoor reviews agree that while Tesla is a great place to work, you pretty much give up a social life when you work there. This is why there is high turnover in some positions. They aren’t being abused, they just didn’t realize the downside of giving up a personal life, after never having a vacation and only seeing the family on Sundays and Christmas.

    Long-term, working people too hard burns them out creatively. (I guess Musk hasn’t yet discovered what Walt Disney knew decades ago, when he installed a gym so that his creative people could unwind and relax for an hour at lunch).