Tesla’s Communication Head To Part Ways With Automaker

AUG 27 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

Next month Tesla will have new Communications Chief

Sarah O’Brien, who joined Tesla in 2016 from Apple to serve as Communications Chief, is departing the company after two years in a planned manner on September 7.

The important and exhausting role in the shadow of Elon Musk’s activity will then be handed over to Dave Arnold, senior director.

“We’d like to thank Sarah for all her contributions to Tesla and we wish her the best,” said a Tesla spokesperson in an emailed statement. “Sarah’s transition has been underway for a couple of months and Dave Arnold, Tesla’s Sr. Director of Global Communications, will take on her responsibilities.”

Tesla communications is one of the most pressing jobs at the company, largely because the automaker is using the brand and communication to attract customers instead of conventional advertising. However, it could be assumed that CEO Musk handles the majority of communication on the social front, for better or for worse sometimes.

Source: Bloomberg

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous


Another exec bites the dust. As we’ve seen, Elon doesn’t need/use a communication’s chief anyways.

The executive turnover is really amazing…

No, but the obsession with Tesla’s employee turnover by serial Tesla bashers certainly is!

Over the years, every time we have seen an announcement of some exec leaving Tesla, the serial Tesla bashers step up and insinuate that it’s a sign that something is “wrong” at Tesla. Oddly enough, the same insinuations don’t appear regarding other auto makers. It’s almost like there was some sort of anti-Tesla bias at work… 🙄

No, you just have a tendency towards paranoia. Or, more likely, a chronic health condition which, combined with late middle age (late 50s-60) results in excessive grouchiness.

@David Green said: “The executive turnover is really amazing…”

Looks like GM also has had executive turnovers this year… apparently executive turnovers are not uncommon in the automotive industry… shocking!

Feb 2018- “GM’s head of HR leaving after 8 months…”source:

April 2018- “Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen is leaving General Motors…” source:

July 2018- “GM’s chief accounting officer to leave…” source:

July 2018- “General Motors’ global marketing chief Joel Ewanick has left the company…” source:

etc…. etc… etc…

Given the way that Elon likes to personally deliver all the important news at Tesla, Communications Chief there has to be about the most thankless job in the industry. My sympathies for whoever is hired as the replacement!

Hire Sean Spencer or Anthony Monuchi

She did a Sean Spencer