Tesla announced Thursday that it has filled the position of vice president of vehicle programs, hiring former vice president of Mac hardware engineering at Apple, Doug Field, who started his career at Ford.

"Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world," says Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla. "Doug's experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our team," he relates. Field most recently was responsible for the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac.

Field says that he had no intention of leaving Apple until Tesla came along. "Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world," he says, "while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley."

Head on below for the press release, which contains a bit more information about Tesla's new hire.
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TESLA HIRES APPLE VP DOUG FIELD TO LEAD VEHICLE PROGRAMS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Tesla Motors has hired Doug Field to be its Vice President of Vehicle Programs, responsible for driving development of new vehicles. Doug is an accomplished leader and engineer of innovative, high-technology products, most recently serving as Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple. Doug led the development of many new products at Apple including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. Doug began his career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.

"Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world," said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. "Tesla's future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug's experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team."

"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple," said Field. "I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world-while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley."

Doug has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue.


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      Txdesign
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla, Build a small, beautiful EV at around 45K and I promise I'll be a customer. Since we already have the Model S, and an SUV in development, how about a nice 2-door coupe or hatch around the size of the current 1-series BMW. Small, simple and elegant - three things the automobile industry in general seems to have forgotten how to do.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Txdesign
        GenIII car, Blue star.
        Lab Rat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Txdesign
        The target for the compact is a 30k price tag. Its called a Model E.
      thecommentator2013
      • 1 Year Ago
      So....Teslas will be built in China?
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        No, built in the USA. Other markets will be built in domestic markets.
        mikoprivat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        moron...look at your shoes, look at your ill fitted shirt and baggy pants that hang down your beer belly, made in china eh?you write your stupid comment on a computer made somewhere in asia, and I bet you drive POS asian garbage. Now, all of a sudden you are "sarcastically" worried that Tesla will be made in China??? You IDIOT!!!
          hemijohn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikoprivat
          Dude, have a nice cold Sapporo and relax, its not so serious.
          kontroll
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikoprivat
          you just described half of america's population...LOL excellent comment
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        And I take it you posted your comment on an American-made computer? Since everybody knows only Apple manufactures stuff in China...
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well scratch Tesla off the list. Hiring an Apple exec ya real smart NOT. He'll have you pumping out new models with minor tweaks every 3 months just like the big three did before folks got fed up with them and turned to Honda and Toyota with few models but great products. By the way only hipsters buy into that Apple line anymore.
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      It makes sense. Tesla is much like Apple where it has about the same things anyone else has or can do just a little different at a higher price and great marketing to sell it. Just wait they will now offer new model with a plastic body that comes in different colors, at a cheaper price and we will add a S to the name. Well they already have the S and colors.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scott3
        Wow, what a witty comment... As if Tesla wont come out with less expensive models available in different colors. Not surprising to see such lame jokes. Apple-haters are some of the most creatively challenged people in the universe...
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ravenosa
          No they are smarter then you because they know the difference between reality and fantasy. Apple is no longer a unique product they are scrambling to sell the "C" and are falling further behind Samsung, LG and the rest of the tablet makers. The Ipad Air is a desperate attempt to regain market lost to the thin lightweight Surface that has a keyboard if you want it. As far as computers go they surrendered years ago by begging Intel to sell them chips. Apples uses the exact same parts bins for the guts as everyone else does these days but charges on average 3 times the price as the rest. And just putting it in a different case cannot justify that cost. And charging until now for tweaks to an old (10 years) OS is just pure greed.
      Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thus ushering in the new iCar Air Pro. In gold. And retina windshield!
      dj kaoz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol.. As long as they stay in bussines.. and not file for bankrupcy.. Hmm about building the beast pc..lol comapare the ratio of windows pc are sold vs apple... see who makes the best PCs olso most windows problems are caUse of 3er sofware developers...
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dj kaoz
        What? Ugh, public schools have failed. Also, numbers sold do not equal superior product. It us usually the opposite. McDonalds does not make a better burger (not even close), but they sell the most. A Corolla is not better than a Ferrari.
      hmurchison
      • 1 Year Ago
      I cannot think of an automobile company that is more aligned in ethos with Apple than Tesla. Tesla wants to change the way cars are built and sold. That is not the "status quo" thinking of todays boring automobile market. Frankly it's pretty idiotic to complain about a company that has had fairly consistent growth for nigh a decade. Any company would love the performance that Apple has delivered in the last decade.
      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      everything will start with an "i" now.
      Anonymous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worked for JC Penny.
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