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Tesla S’pore’s Country Manager Has Role Eliminated After 1 Year, Nobody Will Take His Place

Tesla Singapore’s Country Manager Laid Off After Company Announces 10% Workforce Reduction

Tesla re-entered Singapore last year amid huge anticipation, posting job openings and launching its first Southeast Asian retail store in Millenia Walk.

However, more than one year later, things aren’t looking as rosy for the company.

Tesla’s country manager for Singapore has had his role eliminated after just over one year in the job, following the company’s 10% workforce reduction.

Source: Courtesy of Pontiac Land Group

He will not be taken over by anybody.

Tesla Singapore’s Country Manager left job on 11 Jun

In a LinkedIn post on Saturday (11 Jun), Mr Christopher Bousigues announced that he was leaving his job, effective that day.

Source: Christopher Bousigues on LinkedIn

This was after the company announced that 10% of its workforce would be laid off.

His role was among the unfortunate ones to be “eliminated”.

Despite how it ended, he said he’s proud to have been Tesla’s first country manager in South-east Asia, and thanked those who supported him.

Tesla Singapore’s Country Manager started work in Jun 2021

According to Mr Bousigues’ LinkedIn profile, he joined Tesla in Singapore as country manager in Jun 2021.

That means he was in the job for just over one year.


Source: Christopher Bousigues on Facebook

Though his time in the company was short, it was productive, as according to him he built Tesla’s Singapore business from the ground up.

Under him, two showrooms and one service centre were set up and a network of seven superchargers across the island was developed.

The Model 3 is now “a common sight” in Singapore, and the Model Y was successfully launched just before his departure, he added.

Now that his job is no more, he’ll most likely return to Europe, as he moved to Singapore just for this job.

Tesla CEO announced job cuts

Mr Bousigues’ laying off comes after Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk announced job cuts at the company earlier in Jun.

He sent a message to executives saying he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy, reported Reuters.

Source: Twitter

Thus, he needed to cut about 10% of salaried headcount, he said in another email to staff on 3 Jun.

This is because the company has become “overstaffed in many areas”, though this does not apply to staff building cars, battery packs or installing solar.

At the end of 2021, Tesla and its subsidiaries employed close to 100,000 staff, Reuters said, citing the company’s annual filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

No more country manager for Singapore

It seems the overstaffing issue affected Tesla Singapore too, as nobody will take over Mr Bousigues as country manager, The Straits Times (ST) reported, citing sources.

The position will simply not exist any more.

Instead, Tesla’s Hong Kong office will look after operations in Singapore.

Hopefully job loss is kept to a minimum

As Tesla cuts staff, it seems even a position as important as country manager hasn’t been spared.

This may prompt many to fear that Singaporeans could also have lost their jobs amid the workforce reduction.

Hopefully, the carnage is kept to a minimum.

We wish Mr Bousigues all the best for his future.

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Featured images adapted from Christopher Bousigues on Facebook and courtesy of Pontiac Land Group.

Jeremy Lee

Analog person making do with a digital world.

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