In what can be termed as a set back to Tesla’s rapidly expanding Gigafactory 1 operations, Tesla lost Jens Peter Clausen, who oversaw Tesla’s sprawling battery facility in Nevada 1 to Zymergen.
Zymergen, the five-year-old molecular manufacturing technology company has appointed Clausen as Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing.
Clausen who served as Vice President of Gigafactory at Tesla reported directly to CEO Elon Musk. At Zymergen, he will be reporting directly to co-founder Jed Dean.
“Jens Peter’s experience will be instrumental in scaling the production and development of our molecular products to meet the growing demand for industrial innovation,” said Dean. “He shares our passion for invigorating change across industries and we’re excited to welcome him to our team.”
“Zymergen has done a remarkable job pioneering a new technical field through the marriage of science and technology,” said Clausen. “I am thrilled to join such a dynamic and talented team with such outsized potential to transform the world around us.”
Tesla has seen plenty of executive departures in 2018 and the pace of high-level departures is yet to slow down. Tesla recently lost its senior
sales director Dan Kim to Airbnb and Senior designer Andrew Kim to Apple.