As vice president of human resources, Geshuri will architect Tesla’s recruitment infrastructure and identify candidates for a growing number of job openings. Previously, Geshuri was director of staffing operations for Google, where he designed the company’s legendarily rigorous recruitment methodology.
Geshuri joined Google as chief staffing architect in 2004, when the privately held startup employed 2,500 people. While he oversaw all aspects of recruitment, Google evolved into a technology powerhouse with 20,000 employees – a workplace considered the premier destination for ambitious software engineers.
"Arnnon’s work enabled Google to hire an unprecedented number of outstanding workers in a remarkably short time," said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. "I’m confident that, just as he did for Google, Arnnon will help Tesla hire the best engineers and make our fast-growing staff even more productive."
Before Google, Geshuri was vice president of human resources and director of global staffing for E*TRADE Financial, where he helped recruit more than 2,000 people in 18 months and oversaw immigration and relocation programs. He also founded a startup and worked at Applied Materials, where he managed all staffing operations and advised the president as it increased from 11,000 to 18,000 employees.
In the early 1990s, Geshuri was an organizational effectiveness consultant for New United Motors Manufacturing (NUMMI), the Fremont, Calif.-based joint venture of Toyota and General Motors. Geshuri, who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Irvine and a master’s in industrial/organizational psychology from San Jose State University, launched focus groups to improve efficiency and morale among NUMMI assembly-line workers and supervisors.
"Many startups are limited only by their ability to recruit and retain top talent," Geshuri said, "so it’s a tremendous honor to ramp up staffing as Tesla launches into a critical phase of rapid growth."
Tesla Motors is the only automaker producing and selling highway-capable electric vehicles. Employees work in Tesla’s Silicon Valley headquarters and at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, Calif. Tesla, which is expanding its retail footprint, already operates showrooms and galleries in California’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, Colorado, New York, Seattle, London, Munich and Monaco.
Tesla engineers recently launched the 2010 Roadster – faster than an Audi R8 yet six times more efficient than conventional sports cars. Tesla engineers are also developing electric powertrain components for sale to other automakers, and they are deep into the development of the Model S, an all-electric family sedan that will be mass-produced in Southern California. In June, the Department of Energy approved Tesla for $465 million in low-interest loans to bring the Model S to market.