Lyft poaches ex-Tesla gross sales chief for COO job, Uber stays shook

Throughout Tesla’s This fall 2017 earnings name yesterday, Elon Musk talked about considerably off-handedly that Tesla’s longtime international head of gross sales and repair, Jon McNeill, was now not with the corporate although he made no point out of the place McNeill went. It seems; he went to Lyft, aka the marginally less-sketchy ride-hailing firm, the place he’ll serve as Chief Working Officer.

Ex-Tesla international gross sales and repair chief jumps ship and takes over the COO spot at Lyft.


The information was reported by Bloomberg reporter Eric Newcomer by way of Twitter. McNeill is a fairly large get for Lyft, which has been snagging expertise from the likes of Uber and Google on the again of its latest spherical of funding by CapitalG. McNeill is filling a emptiness left by former Lyft COO Rex Tibbens. Tibbens hasn’t landed wherever since his departure from Lyft.

A giant motive for Lyft’s latest expertise acquisition binge is that it managed to blow its personal thoughts with how good a 12 months it had in 2017. It was capable of steal chunk of market share, and by good chunk we imply 50 p.c (air horn) from its chief rival, Uber. Although to be truthful, within the phrases of the nice sage DJ Khaled, Uber performed itself.

In terms of self-driving expertise, Lyft has been kind of asleep on the wheel, however because of its partnership with Aptiv and Waymo, it is catching up shortly. McNeill is also part of this transfer in the direction of autonomy, however we’ll have to attend and see.

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