Tesla Inc. named Jerome Guillen president in charge of the company's automotive operations, reporting to CEO Elon Musk.
Musk said late Friday Guillen will steer Tesla's automotive operations and program management, as well as oversee the electric carmaker's automotive supply chain.
The appointment comes as Tesla and Musk face intense scrutiny from investors over a raft of senior executive departures, fallout from Musk's attempt to take the company private, pressure to achieve key production goals and questions over Musk's recent behavior and health.
Some analysts have called for Tesla, which has struggled to meet quality and production targets with the Model 3, to create a COO post to oversee the company's automotive operations and free Musk of day-to-day operations.
Guillen "has made major contributions and acquired deep knowledge of Tesla’s operations over the past eight years at our company," Musk said in a letter to employees.
Guillen, the first program manager for the Model S and and who later oversaw Tesla's vehicle engineering and worldwide sales and service, most recently played a lead role in launching and hiking Model 3 output.
"We are about to have the most amazing quarter in our history, building and delivering more than twice as many cars as we did last quarter," Musk said in the letter to employees. "For a while, there will be a lot of fuss and noise in the media. Just ignore them. Results are what matter and we are creating the most mind-blowing growth in the history of the automotive industry."
Tesla also named Kevin Kassekert vice president of people and places, with responsibility for human resources, facilities, construction and infrastructure development. He was previously the company's vice president of infrastructure development.
Dave Arnold was promoted to senior director of global communications, overseeing Tesla’s communications team. Before joining Tesla, he was director of corporate communications at Virgin America.