After less than nine months on the job, Tesla China President Victoria Wu has decided to leave her post. Ms. Wu was formerly with Apple before joining Tesla Motors last December. She was named China’s top manager in March.
Auto News reports that succeeding Wu as Tesla China President will be Tom Zhu, who is presently in charge of the development of Tesla’s charging network in China.
Ms. Wu’s last day on the job is currently unknown. Nor, for that matter, are the reasons for her abrupt departure. While higher-than-expected turnover could take place in top management positions, Tesla seems perhaps a little more volatile than most.
The electric car maker had the following to say: “We remain confident in the Chinese market. We’ll continue to focus on providing an amazing experience to all customers, so that they can become our advocates and help us accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation.”
The importance of the Chinese market for Tesla can’t be understated, with the firm counting on major growth there, spurred by the (accurate) belief that the smog-laden country will be receptive to its wares. For now, all we can do is wish Tom Zhu luck in his new post of Tesla China President. May his tenure be longer than that of his predecessor.