Top Indian American at Tesla quits with emotional message on X

Rohan Patel who quit Tesla. PHOTO: X @rohanspatel

Rohan S. Patel, the head of Tesla’s policy development and business development quit the electric car maker mid-April. Patel, a former Obama advisor, posted a lengthy announcement April 15, 2024, on X, formerly known as Twitter, the other tech giant headed by Elon Musk.

Patel said he was emotional about leaving but thanked fans and the car maker and Musk, for the years spent there.

“The past 8 years at Tesla have been filled with every emotion – but the feeling I have today is utmost gratitude. To our unbelievable customers and fans – I’m inspired by your passion and impact on @Tesla and the mission,” Patel said in his post.

“To @elonmusk for giving me the chance and empowering me to lead big initiatives at the company,” Patel said, adding, “To the broader Tesla team – the never-say-die attitude and scrappiness is what makes the place special.”

The Indiana-born Patel, also thanked his policy and business development team, describing it as the “best” in the business.

“I’m in awe of all that you’ve accomplished. I’m biased, but no group of people has won as many critical policy fights in the push for sustainable energy and transport and against well funded vested interests,” he said. “You all are my lifelong friends and I’ll always have your back.”

Patel also mentioned his journey to Tesla.

“My immigrant parents worked their asses off and as a result I’m the luckiest dude. Lucky to have been a part of @BarackObama ’s campaign/administration, and truly honored to have worked at @Tesla to positively changing multiple industries,” he said.

In conclusion, he quipped, “My plans are to be a recess monitor for my 2nd grade daughter, practice my violin, go to a bunch of bucket list sporting events and take my very patient wife on some long intended travel. Excited for the future!”

Elon Musk responded to the message on X, saying, “Thanks for everything you’ve done for Tesla. Much appreciated.”



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