Tesla Inc. has parted ways with Jerome Guillen, a 10-year veteran who most recently served as president of heavy trucking and was one of four top executives running the company alongside Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk.Guillen left the company June 3, according to a regulatory filing. He was a top lieutenant to Musk and played a key role in ramping up Model 3 production in 2018. The executive previously served as president of Tesla’s automotive business and was named head of heavy trucking in March.“That is a huge and unexpected loss,” Pierre Ferragu, an analyst at New Street Research who has a buy rating on Tesla shares, said in an email. “Jerome’s contribution to Tesla will remain part of the company and the company will continue to attract other top-guns.”
Tesla pared an early gain Tuesday of as much as 3% to trade up 1.6% to $614.74 as of 10 a.m. in New York. The stock rallied in premarket trading after China’s Passenger Car Association said deliveries rebounded in May.Guillen joined Tesla in the fall of 2010 as the program director for the Model S, the breakthrough electric vehicle that laid the groundwork for the Model X sport utility vehicle and more mass market Model 3. He was 48 years old as of Tesla’s latest annual report.