Tesla has always been more likely to take its inspiration from Silicon Valley than from the Rust Belt, one of the reasons for the success of its disruptive doings. This week, the bad boys of the auto industry hired Kristin Paget, who re/code described as a “noted hacker.”
Paget helped Microsoft in its efforts to secure Windows Vista, and presumably filled a similar role at Apple, where her business card bore the title “Hacker Princess.” She was vague about her job description at Tesla. “Can’t say too much but ‘securing things’ is a fair bet,” she tweeted.
In October, Tesla hired Doug Field as VP of Vehicle Programs, responsible for development of new vehicles. Before serving as VP of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple, Field began his career as an engineer at Ford. “As the first high-tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world – while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley,” said Field.
In December, Tesla tapped Veronica Wu to lead its operations in China, where the company expects to generate one third of global sales growth this year. Ms Wu worked for Apple’s Chinese unit before joining Tesla.