• During a year in which the automaker has faced

Tesla has seen a lot of executives leave this year.

During a year in which the automaker has faced production issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge.

Tesla said in a blog post published on Friday that its general counsel, Todd Maron, will leave the automaker in January. Maron joined Tesla in 2013. Before working at Tesla, Maron had represented Musk during two of his divorces, according to Bloomberg.

Dane Butswinkas, a partner at Williams and Connolly, will replace Maron. Tesla hired Butswinkas in October, following a lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission prompted by tweets Musk published about potentially taking the automaker private and a settlement with the agency that required the automaker to hire "an experienced securities lawyer."

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Eight senior employees appear to have left Tesla since the beginning of September: head of global security Jeff Jones, head of human resources Gabrielle Toledano, chief accountant Dave Morton, head of communications Sarah O'Brien (her departure was announced in August, but her final day at the company was September 7, according to Bloomberg), vice president of global supply management Liam O'Connor, vice president of worldwide finance and operations Justin McAnear, legal vice president Phil Rothenberg.

  • Jason Mendez
  • Will McColl
  • Jon McNeill
  • Eric Branderiz
  • Susan Repo
  • Jim Keller
  • Georg Ell
  • Matthew Schwall
  • Ganesh Srivats
  • Sarah O'Brien
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  • Liam O'Connor
  • Antoin Abou-Haydar
  • senior director of production and quality: became vice president of global quality for Byton
  • Justin McAnear
  • Phil Rothenberg
  • Jeff Jones
  • Todd Maron

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