Kenyan Engineer Quits Top Tesla Job for Start-Up

January 11, 2019

Charles Mwangi, a Kenyan engineer at US electric carmaker Tesla, has resigned from the Elon Musk-headed firm.

Mr. Mwangi, an alumnus of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), resigned as senior director of engineering making him
the latest senior staffer to exit Tesla.

He is set to join an undisclosed start-up, according to his updated LinkedIn account. The engineer leaves the California-based company after six years.

“The start-up I am joining is still under the radar, but I couldn’t be more excited to be joining this team,” he said.

According to Mwangi, he is moving on to a whole different industry, a stealth startup- a venture capital term for a startup company that operates in stealth mode to protect its intellectual ideas.

He is joining the secretive company with his colleague who also worked at Tesla.

“In my next journey, I am lucky enough to have found that same inspiration as the early days of Tesla but in a completely different industry. A world-changing human mission. Global scale. A team with a deep commitment to excellence.”

The Kenyan-born engineer joined the US automobile maker in 2012 and was promoted to senior director of engineering in August last year.

He headed the Tesla subsidiary Tesla Tool & Die and was responsible for body manufacturing engineering, body equipment controls and maintenance engineering.

He previously worked at Toyota in Indiana between 2003 and 2005 before he later joined Nissan Motor Corporation in Mississippi in 2006.

He becomes the seventh top executive to resign from the California-headquartered carmaker since last year.

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