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Tesla hires Apple exec to lead new car development

Tesla hires Apple exec to lead new car development
Tesla's Model S. The company has hired Doug Field from Apple. (Daniel Reinhardt / EPA)

Tesla Motors of Palo Alto announced Thursday that it has hired Apple vice president Doug Field to oversee its new vehicle programs.

While at Apple, according to Tesla's news release, Field "led the development of many new products at Apple including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac."

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This is not his first stop in the auto industry. Previously, Field worked as an engineer at Ford Motor Co.

While Tesla didn't provide many details, the company said Field would be "responsible for driving development of new vehicles" and called him "an accomplished leader and engineer of innovative, high-technology products."

Most recently, Field was vice president of Mac hardware engineering at Apple.

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