The famous California-based electric luxury automaker Tesla has expanded this year into the world’s largest auto market, China, but it seems the move is not without its difficulties.
The electric automaker headed by billionaire entrepreneur and co-founder Elon Musk has announced that almost nine months after being signed, the country’s top manager is already leaving the company. According to Richard Lan, a Beijing-based company official, Tesla China President Veronica Wu has decided to resign – but he declined to comment on the reasons or the timing of her departure. Tesla further announced in a statement that Tom Zhu, the leader of the carmaker’s charging network development in China, would also become the operational leader for the country.
Wu joined Tesla a year ago in December, coming from Apple Inc and she was appointed as its China head less than nine months ago – after Kingston Chang left the post in March. Jochen Siebert, a Shanghai-based managing director at JSC Automotive Consulting, believes that for Tesla “it might have been more difficult than they thought,” as the company that was a startup just a few years ago began officially delivering its Model S sedans in April and mulls local production within three to four years.