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Tesla Motors Poaches Apple Mac Designer To Build Cars

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Tesla lures another key executive from Apple as the poaching war between the two continues

On Wednesday, TheCountryCaller reported that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) hired Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) veteran, Chris Lattner, to take charge of the Autopilot software as the vice president. However, he is not the only big fish caught by the electric vehicle (EV) maker in recent weeks.

Electrek reported that Apple Senior Director of Mac lineup, Matt Casebolt, jumped ship for Tesla last month, taking the role of new Sr. Director of Engineering, Closures & Mechanisms at the automobile company.

Over the last 32 months, Mr. Casebolt was leading engineering teams that designed “Macintosh computers, including MacBook Pro, and embedded input devices.” Before that, he worked for a 20 months as Senior Manager Product Design, heading the team involved in Mac Pro.

He was also Manager of Product Design and worked on MacBook Pro with Retina display. He joined the iPhone maker in April 2007 as Senior Mechanical Engineer of Product Design and was involved in the first generation designs of MacBook Air.

Before joining Apple, he worked in various engineering roles for products at Packeteer Inc, AMD, VA Linux Systems, Acorn Product Development, Metricom, and Lockheed Space Systems Antenna Products. He attained his BSME in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University in 1989. He has 52 patents under his name.

Mr. Casebolt’s LinkedIn profile does not provide any information about his latest role at Tesla, but it is reportedly related to its automotive business that has been gearing up production, as well as working on its first mass-market product, the Model 3. Other than that, the company has several other projects like the Model Y, Tesla pickup truck, Tesla minibus, and Tesla Semi. The new executive’s vast experience in engineering and designing in big corporations should make him a good pick for the role.

At Tesla, Mr. Casebolt joins his former colleagues from Apple including Tesla Senior VP of Vehicle Engineering, Doug Field, who served as VP of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple.

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