Elon Musk Axes Singapore's Country Manager
Tesla has fired its Singapore country manager, who joined the company only a year ago and built its business there, according to Sarah Jackson of Business Insider.
Photo Insert: "My role was chosen to be eliminated," wrote Christopher Bousigues on LinkedIn.
Christopher Bousigues announced his dismissal in a LinkedIn post this weekend. "Tesla announced a 10% reduction in workforce," he wrote. "My role was chosen to be eliminated."
Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated in a leaked email that he would lay off 10% of Tesla's workforce due to a "super bad feeling" about the economy. Musk later retracted his statement, saying that "total headcount will increase, but salaried should be fairly flat."
"In the past year the team and I built the business from the ground up, made of the Model 3 a common sight in the Singapore car landscape, set up 2 showrooms, 1 service center (that I affectionately call the Jewel of Asia), developed a network of 7 superchargers across the island, and successfully launched Model Y yesterday with overwhelming response."
Bousigues wrote on LinkedIn. "Am proud to have been the company's first country manager in South East Asia, and establishing the business in Singapore," he wrote in his post.
Reuters reported last week that Tesla had advertised for 24 new positions in China and planned to hold a recruiting event despite Musk's order to halt hiring. Tesla, however, later canceled three hiring events in China scheduled for this month.
According to an SEC filing, Tesla employed nearly 100,000 people at the end of last year.
Elon Musk is now officially wealthier than Mark Zuckerberg, thanks to Tesla's inclusion in the S&P 500, which sent its stock price skyrocketing. The billionaire lives a "cash poor" lifestyle and does not receive a salary from Tesla, but that hasn't kept him from being the world's highest-paid executive.