Washington — Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Co. hired a top Apple Inc. executive who formerly worked at Ford Motor Co. to head its new vehicle development program.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up said it hired Doug Field as vice president of vehicle programs, responsible for driving development of new cars. Mostly recently, Field was vice president for Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple. Tesla said he led the development of many products at Apple including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac.
He began his career as an engineer 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,” 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.”
Field is the latest in a string of hires, many of whom have experience in the auto industry.
“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.”