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Autonomous Vehicles

The 200 People Behind Tesla Autopilot

Sources: Tesla internal organizational chart; The Information reporting
Sources: Tesla internal organizational chart; The Information reporting

Elon Musk meets every week with senior managers overseeing the engineers behind Tesla’s Autopilot, the company’s semi-automated highway driving feature. Often he calls into the meeting while driving his Model S Tesla, using Autopilot, said one participant. And it’s not just to save time. Mr. Musk is testing updates to the software as he drives—his car is equipped with special settings for Autopilot—and he uses the meeting to call out bugs as they happen or that he encountered over the previous week.

His personal involvement in testing Tesla’s software reflects how important Autopilot is to Tesla. Mr. Musk has made the feature a big part of his pitch to investors, even as its safety is heavily debated across the auto industry, following high-profile collisions. Some analysts think the Autopilot gives Tesla an edge in the race to automate driving, which has likely aided Tesla’s stock rally in recent years. Mr. Musk has even suggested Tesla could use a future version of Autopilot to power a robotaxi service. The risk for Tesla, though, is if the safety incidents become more frequent as Tesla puts more cars on the road.

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Below are 277 employees at Tesla, including all members of the Autopilot team, top managers in charge of vehicle manufacturing, and the people directly under CEO Elon Musk.Last updated November 4, 2018

Elon Musk

CEO

People reporting to Elon Musk include:

Jerome Guillen

President, Automotive

Deepak Ahuja

CFO

Franz von Holzhausen

Sr. Design Executive

JB Straubel

CTO

Andrej Karpathy

Director, AI for Autopilot

Autopilot Team

Peter Bannon

VP, Hardware Design Engineering

Autopilot Team

Stuart Bowers

VP, Engineering

Autopilot Team

Charlie Kuehmann*

VP, Tesla & SpaceX Materials Engineering

Jeff Jones

Sr. Director, Global Security

Karl Wagner

Sr. Director, Global Security

Kevin Kassekert

VP, People & Places

Laurie Shelby

VP, Environment Health & Safety

Nagesh Saldi

Chief Information Officer

Robin Ren

VP, Global Sales, Service & Delivery

Sanjay Shah

SVP, Energy Operations

Todd Maron

General Counsel

Dave Arnold

Sr. Director, Global Comms

Sam Teller

Chief of Staff

Stuart Bowers’s Direct Reports

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Akshay Joshi

Staff Firmware Engineer (Embedded Systems)

Ben Goldstein

Sr. Staff Software Engineer (Simulation)

Christophe Thibault

Sr. Staff Software Engineer (Cloud Infrastructure)

CJ Moore

Staff Integration Engineer (Integration/Quality Control)

Drew Steedly

Principal Engineer, Autopilot (Perception System)

Frank Havlak

Sr. Staff Controls Engineer (Controls)

Mehdi Amini

Engineering Manager, Software (Tools & Infrastructure)

Nathan Jones

Sr. Staff Data Scientist (Maps)

Steven Jones

Staff Software Engineer

Tolga Kart

Sr. Staff Technical Program Manager

Zeljko Popovic

Staff Control Systems Engineer

Akshay Joshi’s Direct Reports

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Hasan Unlu

Autopilot Software Engineer

Jinkyu Song

Staff Autopilot Software Engineer

Joshua Neal

Staff Software Engineer

Samir Govilkar

Sr. Autopilot Software Engineer

Suresh Siddha

Sr. Staff Autopilot Software Engineer

Yinghai Lu

Sr. Staff Autopilot Software Engineer

Ben Goldstein’s Direct Reports

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Anas Lasram

Sr. Autopilot Simulation Engineer

Artem Brizitskiy

Sr. Environment Artist

Brendan Whitfield

Sr. Software Development Engineer

Dhiral Chheda

Sr. Software Engineer

Esequiel Garcia

Sr. Environment Artist

Fengquan Wang

Staff Software Engineer

Ian Glow

Software Development Engineer

Joyce Lee

Software Engineer, Autopilot

Markus Breyer

Staff Engineer

Michael Hosticka

Sr. Studio Designer

Scott Fries

Software Engineer

Tom Rijndorp

Sr. Software Engineer

Chirstophe Thibault’s Direct Reports

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Ariel Shemtov

Sr. Software Development Engineer

David Shoemaker

Staff Software Engineer

Haim Grosman

Sr. Staff Engineer

Han Zhang

Sr. Data Scientist

Jeremy Kerfs

Software Engineer

Jesse Boettcher

Staff Software Engineer

Luke Yeager

Sr. Software Engineer

Mortada Mehyar

Sr. Staff Software Engineer

Scott Lemmon

Sr. Software Engineer

Tal Stramer

Sr. Machine Learning Engineer

CJ Moore’s Direct Reports

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Akshay Vijay Phatak

Staff Software Engineer

Aurelio Rosa

Sr. Software QA Engineer

Christian Gonzalez

Field Test QA Engineer

Conor Lansford

Software QA Engineer

Florian Weidl

Sr. Software QA Engineer

Geoffrey Wacker

Field Test QA Engineer

Jacob Hoffman

Fleet Manager

Juan Gutierrez Aguilar

Field Test QA Engineer

Richard Baverstock

Sr. Integration Engineer

RJ Sekator

Sr. Project Manager, Autopilot

Romain Vigue

Software QA Engineer

Ruoyan Gu

Software QA Engineer

Uma Balakrishnan

Software Development Engineer

Drew Steedly’s Direct Reports

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Abhishek Bhatia

Computer Vision Engineer

Arvind Ramanandan

Staff Autopilot Estimation

Ashima Kapur Sud

Staff Software Engineer

Brian Magnuson

Localization Software Engineer

Cameron Schaeffer

Sr. Computer Vision Engineer

Chen Meng

Staff Autopilot Estimation Engineer

Chris Messer

Sr. Staff Software Engineer

Dariush Dabiri

Sr. Staff Signal Processing Architect

Kevin Chin

Computer Vision Engineer

Paul Chen

Software Engineer

Phil Duan

Sr. Localization & Estimation Engineer

Philip Lee

Sr. Software Engineer, Vision

Robert McKnight

Software Engineer, Autopilot

Sailesh Kandula

Staff Software Development Engineer

Tushar Agrawal

Software Engineer, Autopilot

Yong-Dian Jian

Staff Computer Vision Scientist

Frank Havlak’s Direct Reports

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Alexander Hertzberg

Staff Autopilot Software Engineer

Daniel Kurek

Autopilot Software Engineer

Greg Marcil

Autopilot Software Engineer

Jason Kong

Sr. Software Engineer

Justin Krull

Staff Software Development Engineer

Li Wang

Sr. Autopilot Controls Engineer

Mark McClelland

Staff Planning & Decision Making Engineer

Nenad Uzunovic

Staff Software Engineer

Nicklas Gustafsson

Sr. Systems Designer

Oktay Arslan

Staff Autopilot Software Engineer

Mehdi Amini’s Direct Reports

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Adam Raudonis

Sr. Software Development Engineer

Allen Veach

Sr. Software Engineer

Anne Cognet

Software Engineer

Brandon Jacklyn

Sr. Software Engineer

Brent Strysko

Sr. Software Engineer, Autopilot

Chris Beck

Sr. Software Engineer

Ivan Babushkin

Sr. Software Engineer

Michael Hackner

Sr. Software Engineer

Nathan Meyers

Sr. Software Engineer

Shayan Mahdavi

Software Engineer

Vishnu Venkatesh

Sr. Software Engineer

Zubair Khan

Software QA Engineer, Autopilot

Nathan Jones’ Direct Reports

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Jordan Bonilla

Software Engineer

Marek Vanco

Staff Software Engineer, Autopilot

Matthew Conley

Data Scientist

Sergey Serebryakov

Sr. Software Engineer

Tao Peng

Staff Software Engineer

Xinding Sun

Sr. Staff Software Engineer

Tolga Kart’s Direct Reports

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Kate Park

Technical Program Manager

Pete Scheutzow

Project Manager

Andrej Karpathy’s Direct Reports

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Amani Peddada

Machine Learning Scientist

Ankit Bhagatwala

Staff Machine Learning Engineer

Ashok Elluswamy

Sr. Staff Computer Vision Engineer

Chris Payne

Staff Autopilot Software Engineer

Dhaval Shroff

Sr. Software Development Engineer

Fabio Aguilera-Convers

Supervisor, Autopilot Data Analysis

Farzard Khorasani

Sr. Machine Learning Scientist

Guangzhi Cao

Staff Computer Vision Scientist

James Musk

Software Engineer

Joe Polin

Sr. Software Development Engineer

John Emmons

Sr. Machine Learning Scientist

Lane McIntosh

Sr. Machine Learning Scientist

Matthew Bauch

Staff Software Engineer

Milan Kovac

Sr. Manager, Autopilot Embedded Systems

Russell Kaplan

Sr. Machine Learning Scientist

Sanjeev Satheesh

Staff Machine Learning Engineer

Steve Hu

Sr. Machine Learning Engineer

Swupnil Sahai

Sr. Computer Vision Engineer

Tianjun Xiao

Staff Machine Learning Scientist

Xujie Zhang

Staff Autopilot Software Engineer

Zhenhua Yu

Sr. Machine Learning Engineer

Milan Kovac’s Direct Reports

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Emal Alwis

Firmware Engineer

Matthew Oswald

Staff Software Development Engineer

Yang Ni

Staff Software Engineer

Yinglin Sun

Staff Software Engineer

Eric Yuan

Simulation Systems Engineer

Srihari Sampathkumar

Sr. Software Development Engineer

Peter Bannon’s Direct Reports

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Aaron Rogers

Sr. Staff Physical Design Engineer

Atchyuth Gorti

Sr. Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Ben Hertzberg

Principal Engineer - Compiler Lead

Bill McGee

Principal SOC Engineer

Dan Hopper

Subsystem Micro-Architect

Doug Crowder

Staff Firmware Engineer

Gagandeep Sachdev

Staff Hardware Engineer

Ganesh Venkat

Director, IP Development

James Hakewill

Sr. Staff Engineer

Jeremy Tanumihardjo

Sr. Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Junie Um

System-on-chip Architect

Kent Knox

Staff Software Development Engineer

Kiran Sama

Design Verification Engineer

Magdalena Aquino

Project Manager

Mark Brittain

Staff Memory Controller Designer

Paul Miranda

Sr. Staff System-on-Chip RTL Engineer

Peter Sassone

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Prashant Joshi

Manager, Hardware Engineering

Reza Omrani

Sr. Staff Data & Signal Processing Engineer

Richard Sites

Performance Consultant

Aaron Rogers’ Direct Reports

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Kim Yaw Tong

Firmware Engineer

Manish Handa

Staff Software Development Engineer

Nitin Kini

Sr. Staff Software Development Engineer

Rajashekhar Modugu

Staff Software Engineer

Sunil Shukla

Staff Software Engineer

Atchyuth Gorti’s Direct Reports

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Aditya Jagirdar

Firmware Engineer

Anirudh Kadiyala

Staff Software Development Engineer

Ganesh Venkat’s Direct Reports

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Ankit Jalote

Sr. Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Benjamin Floering

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Chandrasekhar Poorna

Sr. Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Christopher Hsiong

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Debjit Das Sarma

St. Staff Architect

Douglas Williams

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Emil Talpes

Sr. Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Gerardo Navarro Hurtado

Sr. Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Malavika Prasanna

Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Monalisa Bora

Autopilot Product Manager

Neeraj Parik

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Nicholas Ling

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Ram Bharti

Staff Engineering Program Manager

Sahil Arora

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Shivkumar Chauhan

Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Steven Butler

Sr. Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Sumit Joshi

Sr. Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Thomas Kunjan

Staff Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Timothy Fischer

Sr. Staff Engineer, Hardware Design Engineer

Kiran Sama’s Direct Reports

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Brandon Parsons

Sr. Design Verification Engineer

Dev Nagori

Design Verification Engineer

Iris Zhong

Design Verification Engineer

JP Sharkey

Design Verification Engineer

Kalpana Jayaraman

Design Verification Engineer

Kelly Larson

Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Ken Albin

Sr. Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Kevin Menick

Sr. Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Neyaz Khan

Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Rohit Mainkar

Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Swami Nagarajan

Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Prashant Joshi’s Direct Reports

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Abhijeet Samudra

Hardware Engineering Manager

Michael Tuciarone

Staff Software Engineer

Sundar Balasubramaniam

Staff Engineering Program Manager

Tom Bilsborow

Sr. Autopilot Hardware Engineer

Jerome Guillen’s Direct Reports

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Peter Hochholdinger

VP, Production

Jat Dhillon

Director, Manufacturing

Andrew Shrum

Staff Technical Program Manager

Andrew Sundblom

Manager, Manufacturing Engineering

Arvind Sankaran

Sr. Manager, Material Flow Engineering

Bob Bliss

Director, Production Planning & Systems

Brian Greviskes

Director, Automation Development Engineering

Charly Mwangi

Sr. Director, Body Engineering

Dan Priestley

Staff Technical Program Manager

Daniel Ho

Sr. Staff Program Manager

Daniel Zhang

Staff Technical Program Manager

Evan Chenoweth

Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer

Graham Carroll

Staff Product Support Engineer

Jason Luecht

Staff Product Support Engineer

Jim Dudley

Sr. Director

Joshua Resnick

Sr. Electronic Design Engineer

Lothar Thommes

VP, Managing Director, Tesla Grohmann Engineering

Luke Preston

Manufacturing Engineering Manager, General Assembly

Nasser Zamani

Sr. Staff Homologation Engineer

Richard Miller

Director, Paint

Sascha Zahnd

VP, Global Supply Chain

Thomas Vikstrom

Sr. Manager, Engineering

Peter Hochholdinger’s Direct Reports

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Mario De La Rosa

Sr. Manager, Manufacturing

Andy Hamilton

Director, Bringing Parts to the Line

Jan Just

Director, Manufacturing

Bill Laguana

Manager, Production Stamping

Brieuc Corlay

Sr. Manager, Production Process Engineering

Christiane Rowinski

Manager, Product Excellence

Huub Remmers

Sr. Manager, Manufacturing

Jill Moore

Maintenance Manager

Keith Champion

Sr. Manager, Global Manufacturing Planning

Leonardo Guerrero

Sr. Manager, Production

Mario Penera

Sr. Manager, Production

Morgan Adis

Sr. Manager, Production Engineering, Model S & X

Pally Kumar

Sr. Manager, Manufacturing Introduction

Praveen Sharma

Sr. Manager, Seat Assembly

Richard Toruno

Sr. Manager, Supercharger, Model S/X Glider

Sergio Herrera

Sr. Manager, Equipment Engineering

Tiffany Ciletti

Manager, Manufacturing Operations

Yusuf Gaba

Manager, Battery Technology Powertrain

Senior Executives With No Clear Reporting Line

Matt Casebolt

Sr. Director of Engineering, Body, Exteriors, Lighting, and Closures

Steve MacManus

VP, Interior & Exterior Engineering

Michael Schwekutsch

VP, Drive Systems

Lars Moravy

Director, Chassis Engineering

David Lau

VP, Vehicle Software

Nick Hagerty

Manager, Prototype Services

Alan Clarke

Director, New Programs Engineering

Colin Campbell

Sr. Director, Power Electronics

Sanjay Lal

Director, Design Operating System Engineering

Mukund Chavan

Director, Material Flow Hardware Engineering

Vidya Rajagopalan

Director, Low Voltage Hardware Engineering

Matt Casebolt’s Direct Reports

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Dan Moll

Sr. Manager, Body Engineering

Ian Sadowski

Sr. Manager, Closures Systems

John Ring

Sr. Manager, Lighting & Exteriors

Malcolm Burgess

Sr. Manager, Structures

Michael Pilliod

Director, Manufacturing Innovation

Nicolas Clift

Manager, Exterior Systems

Scott McEuen

Sr. Manager, Mechanical Design Engineering

Sudarshan Savadi

Sr. Manager, Technical Program Manager

Thomas Fischer

Sr. Manager, Closures

Board of Directors

Elon Musk

Chairman, Product Architect and CEO

Brad W. Buss

Former CFO, SolarCity

Robyn M. Denholm

Chief Operations Officer, Telstra

Ira Ehrenpreis

Managing Partner, DBL Partners

Antonio J. Gracias

CEO, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Valor

Steve Jurvetson

Co-founder, DFJ and Future Ventures

James Murdoch

CEO, 21st Century Fox

Kimbal Musk

Co-Founder, The Kitchen

Linda Johnson Rice

CEO, Ebony Media

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†Matt Casebolt was recently removed from internal organizational chart.