Two top manufacturing executives are leaving Tesla Motors, including the global head of production, at a time when the electric-car company is preparing to launch its most important car: the mass-production Model 3.
Greg Reichow, Tesla's vice president of production and one of its highest-paid executives, and Josh Ensign, vice president of manufacturing, will leave the company. A Tesla spokesperson confirmed both departures and said Reichow will remain until his replacement is found.
A person familiar with the situation who isn't authorized to speak about the matter said the executive changes are linked to delays, glitches, and a recall that have bedeviled Tesla's Model X.
But Tesla denied any connection between the departures and production problems with its SUV.
"This is not about the Model X," said a Tesla spokesperson. "After being at Tesla for over five years and leading its production team for the past three years, Greg Reichow has announced his intention to take a leave of absence from Tesla so that he can have a well-earned break."
Tesla shares fell on the news, dropping 4.2 percent to close the day at $222.56.