Tesla Motors has often been compared to Apple. The company from Cupertino, CA with a penchant for clean design revolutionized cell phones (and, some would argue, computers), while Tesla is currently taking a sledge hammer to the automotive paradigm. It grabs our attention, then, when upper-level staff move from one firm to the other.

Such was the case when Apple-store designer George Blankenship switched to Tesla and became the VP of Sales and Ownership Experience, and it is again with the news that Doug Field has crossed over to take on the role of Vice President of Vehicle Programs. Field, who previously spent six years at Ford as a development engineer, said he hadn't considered leaving Apple before this opportunity came along. Said the new recruit,

"I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world -- while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley."

At his former employer, Field led development on such heralded products as the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. We can only hope he has similar success with future Tesla product. Scroll down for the official press release.
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Tesla Hires Apple VP Doug Field to Lead Vehicle Programs

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/24/13 -- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) has hired Doug Field to be its Vice President of Vehicle Programs, responsible for driving development of new vehicles. Doug is an accomplished leader and engineer of innovative, high-technology products, most recently serving as Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple. Doug led the development of many new products at Apple including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. Doug began his career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.

"Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world," said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. "Tesla's future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug's experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team."

"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple," said Field. "I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world -- while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley."

Doug has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue.

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Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for industry partners. Tesla has delivered over 15,000 electric vehicles to customers in 31 countries.

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