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August 31, 2009

Tesla hires ex-Audi exec, YouTube director for sales and communications jobs

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Tesla Motors has filled two of about 150 job openings as it moves to sell more cars and get the Model S on the road. The company announced today that John Walker, formerly the general manager of sales operations at Audi, will be Tesla’s new VP of North American sales. No stranger to the auto industry, Walker has previously worked at GM and BMW and will be present at the Tesla store openings happening this fall.

Secondly, Ricardo Reyes, the director of communications at YouTube, will move to the Tesla Team in the middle of next month to be VP of communication. Ricardo’s ties to the auto industry don’t run as deep as Walker’s, but he did advise automotive suppliers while he worked for the Bracewell and Giuliani LLC law firm. His first assignment for Tesla will be to travel to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Tesla’s Rachel Konrad said that the electric car company will be making more announcements of “high-profile hires” in the coming weeks, adding that, “Tesla has more than 150 job openings — mostly in engineering — and is aggressively recruiting top talent from the automotive industry and Silicon Valley.” Details on both hires are available after the jump.

Gallery: Tesla Motors NYC Store Opening

[Source: Tesla]
Photos by Lennon.

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