SASCHA ZAHND

VP GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN, TESLA, PALO ALTO, CA
MAKE OR BRAKE: CAN TESLA GO INTO MASS PRODUCTION?

FACTS

Tesla’s mission

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Tesla has broken new barriers in developing high-performance automobiles that are not only the world’s best and highest-selling pure electric vehicles—with long range and absolutely no tailpipe emissions—but also the safest, highest-rated cars on the road in the world

IKEA & SWATCH GROUP

Sasha Zahnd used to work for IKEA as Head Division Supply Chain and for Swatch Group as Vice President Supply&Procurement.

TESLA MODEL 3

Leadership of the supply chain program for MODEL 3

Touted as the affordable electric sports sedan, the Model 3 is Tesla’s eco-friendly gift to the motoring masses.

The fact that Tesla’s production volumes are dwarfed by most established automakers is one of the main point used by the company’s detractors. It’s certainly true that Tesla’s annual production rate of about 100,000 is currently a drop in the bucket of the automotive industry, but nonetheless, its rapid growth is giving it enough credibility to strengthen its supply chain.

400,000 reservations for the vehicle

With over 400,000 reservations for the vehicle and a history of production growth, Tesla is having less difficulty convincing suppliers to work with them.

BIOGRAPHY

Sascha Zahnd is a global leader. Currently VP of Global Supply Chain at Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, CA, he previously spent over 15 years driving business at the IKEA group in Switzerland, Mexico, the US, and China before taking a senior position at the Swatch Group in Switzerland. He started his IMD EMBA program in 2015, driven by a deep curiosity and enthusiasm for people and for development.

Zahnd strives for more impact, more creation, and to sustainably move organizations and along with their stakeholders. Despite his broad experience, he says that he is still “in the learning and aspiring part of my career. I feel I have a lot of potential and energy to continue my career path.”