Tesla’s chief technology officer JB Straubel is leaving his post company after 15 years of his service, CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday evening. Straubel will transition to a senior advisor role, according to Musk, and is not fully leaving the company.
“I’m not disappearing, and I just wanted to make sure that people understand that this was not some, you know, lack of confidence in the company, or the team, or anything like that,” Straubel said on the call.
On Wednesday during a call with analyst Tesla CEO Elosn said: “I’d like to thank JB for his fundamental role in creating and enabling Tesla. If we hadn’t had lunch in 2003, Tesla wouldn’t wouldn’t exist, basically.”
Vice president of technology Drew Baglino will take over Straubel’s responsibilities, Musk said, though it’s unclear if he’s formally assuming the CTO role. “I’ll just say, you know, obviously, big, big shoes to fill,” Baglino said on the call.