In 2017, Tesla announced a major reorganization whereby excess senior staff, contractors and other “barnacles” were redirected or removed. One man who was recognised as an integral part of “the ship” is Sascha Zahnd, who is responsible for ensuring the supply chain meets the growing demand for Tesla vehicles.
Since then, the number of outstanding reservations for the Model 3 has reached 400,000, a production order that poses significant challenges for Tesla’s stretched Fremont, California assembly line. Elon Musk is heavily involved with Zahnd in ensuring the supply chain is optimized and as a temporary measure, the production rate of Models S and X has reduced to reallocate manufacturing resources towards Model 3. It is an incredibly complex balancing act of teamwork and technology, as Musk tweeted, “Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”
Join us at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019 to hear how Zahnd had transferred his leadership skills and expertise from IKEA to Tesla whilst riding the ever growing technological wave.