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Apple VP of Item Design Doug Field is leaving the business for Tesla according to a news release from the automaker today. Field will head programs that’ll drive the development of new vehicles for the power automobile maker. The hire was first found by CNBC.

‘Doug has actually demonstrated the management and technical skill to develop and deliver outstanding products, including exactly what’re extensively thought about the best computers on the planet,’ stated Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO in a statement issued today. ‘Tesla’s future depends upon engineers who can produce the most ingenious, technologically advanced automobiles in the world. Doug’s experience in both customer electronic devices and standard vehicle makes him a crucial addition to our leadership group.’

Field states that he’d actually never ever seriously thought about leaving Apple. He beginninged his career as a development engineer at Ford however says that he left the car industry in ‘search of busy, interesting engineering challenges in other places.’

‘As the first high tech automobile company in modern history,’ says Field, ‘Tesla is at last a chance for me and numerous others to pursue the imagine constructing the best automobiles in the world-while belonging to among the most cutting-edge companies in Silicon Valley.’

Field has been with Apple for over 5 years and worked in Mac hardware. Before that, Field was VP of Design and Engineering and CTO at Segway. Apple employed Segway robotics professional John Morell last year however it’s unclear what he’s dealing with.

Tesla has various other Apple DNA on personnel, as its VP of Sales and Ownership George Blankenship originated from Apple where he was its Vice President of Real Estate.