SAN FRANCISCO (Bloomberg) -- Jerome Guillen, Tesla Motors Inc.’s vice president of worldwide service and deliveries, has taken a leave of absence until the end of the year.
Tesla’s service skills may be tested in the coming months.
The company next month is set to begin delivering the Model X, An SUV that was unveiled in early 2012. The Palo Alto, Calif., maker of electric cars recently reduced its delivery forecast for 2015 and production forecast for next year.
Guillen told the automaker run by Elon Musk on Aug. 4 that he would be taking the leave, according to a regulatory filing, which didn’t disclose his reason. Two days later, the board determined that Guillen was no longer an officer required to report ownership under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the filing said. He had exercised 19,250 options from April 15 through July 15, according to previous filings.
Ricardo Reyes, a Tesla spokesman, declined to comment on the matter.
In March, Guillen was reassigned from being vice president of global sales and service to a role focused on customer satisfaction. Guillen, who has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and previously worked at Daimler AG, was promoted to vice president of worldwide sales and service in April 2013 after helping to introduce the Model S.
Tesla’s board also determined that Doug Field, a former Apple executive who is vice president of engineering, is now an officer under Section 16.