Tesla Senior Director Of Engineering Charles Mwangi Leaving Company To Join A Startup


Tesla is losing two long-time manufacturing executives who are teaming up to launch a new startup.

Kenyan-born Charles Mwangi, who has been working at Tesla for over six years,  announced he was leaving the company in a LinkedIn post. He was the senior engineering director.

Mwangi is joining Shen Jackson, another longtime Tesla manufacturing executive at a startup. Shen Jackson was amongst a group of Tesla executives who left the automaker last year. Jackson spent seven years at Tesla and was the director of manufacturing engineering.

In December, African Warrior Magazine designated Charles Mwangi as one of the 2018 Top Kenyan Men in America Diaspora

After slightly over 6 years, I have decided to leave Tesla. My time at Tesla has been one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences in my life. I’ve had the privilege to work alongside the world’s most talented and resilient people, in pursuit of a worthy mission.

In the LinkedIn Post, Charles noted:

“To my Tesla colleagues. It is amazing how much progress we’ve made. It has been a grueling journey, but definitely one worth making. I will continue cheering you on from the sidelines. Your success is truly the World’s success.”

In the same post, he announced that he was joining Shen Jackson, another longtime Tesla manufacturing executive, at a new startup:

“In my next journey, I am lucky enough to have found that same inspiration as the early days of Tesla but in a completely different industry. A world-changing human mission. Global scale. A team with a deep commitment to excellence. The Startup I am joining is still under the radar, but I couldn’t be more excited to be joining this team alongside my good friend Shen Jackson.”