Innovative car manufacturer Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has once again poached a veteran employee away from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). As first reported by Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Tesla hired Rich Heley in November, the same month the manufacturing specialist departed Apple. According to his LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) profile, Heley was hired as Tesla’s Senior Director of Manufacturing Technology.
Heley first began working for Apple in 2003 as a supply base engineer responsible for the manufacturing of many products, including the iMac G5, the Mac mini, the iPod shuffle, and the Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) PowerBook. In 2005, Heley worked as a senior mechanical process engineer in China followed by a stint as the senior manager of the iPhone engineering team from 2006 to 2009. In his work with the iPhone team, Heley oversaw the manufacturing process development for the first three generations of iPhone.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Heley later became the senior manager responsible for the mechanical manufacturing of the iPod, iPhone, and other accessory product groups before being promoted to director in 2011. Heley finished his career at Apple as the director of alloy engineering. In this role, he helped develop “new materials and manufacturing processes to enable product innovation.”