Tesla employees have taken to LinkedIn to discuss being laid off, something CEO Elon Musk said would happen on June 3 to “10% of salaried workers” because he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy. Among the cuts was senior executive Christopher Bousigues, who was hired as the company’s Singapore country manager just a year ago. Business Insider reports others affected include a project lead, a CGI animation lead and a regional warehouse manager. Tesla employed 99,290 people globally by the end of 2021.
Tesla announced a 10% of workforce reduction. My role was chosen to be eliminated as of today.
Am proud to have been the company’s first country manager in South East Asia, and establishing the business in Singapore.
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.
I wish to sincerely thank all those that have supported me on this journey.
When something like this happens, you wonder what is the best course of action, and whether to remain discreet or even silent about it. Ultimately that is not how I am built. Transparency and honesty are non-negotiable to me, so sharing this news felt like the right thing to do with my network. I profoundly believe that when a door closes, a gate somewhere else opens.
Since I relocated to Singapore strictly for this role, a move back to Europe and Southern France is most likely in the cards for my family and I. See you all after a well deserved summer break.
- Musk warned employees in an internal memo this week, “This has been a very tough quarter … So we need to rally hard to recover!”