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Apple Hires Tesla Engineer With Interior Design Experience

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Apple Hires Tesla Engineer With Interior Design Experience

(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. has hired Steve MacManus, at least the third Tesla Inc. engineering executive to join the Cupertino, California-based technology giant in the last year.MacManus, a Tesla vice president in charge of engineering for car interiors and exteriors, left the carmaker recently and has since joined Apple as a senior director, according to his LinkedIn profile. He worked at Tesla from 2015, after stints at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors and Aston Martin. His interior-design skills may be applicable at Apple beyond the development of a car. Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment on Monday.Apple also brought in former Tesla drive systems vice president Michael Schwekutsch in March and former chief vehicle engineer Doug Field last August.Apple and Tesla have been hiring each others’ engineers for years, sometimes creating tension. Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk called Apple a “Tesla graveyard” in a 2015 interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt. Some industry analysts and investors have speculated about the companies entering a partnership or even Apple acquiring the carmaker.To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Gurman in Los Angeles at mgurman1@bloomberg.net;Dana Hull in San Francisco at dhull12@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net, Alistair Barr, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. has hired Steve MacManus, at least the third Tesla Inc. engineering executive to join the Cupertino, California-based technology giant in the last year.

MacManus, a Tesla vice president in charge of engineering for car interiors and exteriors, left the carmaker recently and has since joined Apple as a senior director, according to his LinkedIn profile. He worked at Tesla from 2015, after stints at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors and Aston Martin. His interior-design skills may be applicable at Apple beyond the development of a car. Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Apple also brought in former Tesla drive systems vice president Michael Schwekutsch in March and former chief vehicle engineer Doug Field last August.

Apple and Tesla have been hiring each others’ engineers for years, sometimes creating tension. Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk called Apple a “Tesla graveyard” in a 2015 interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt. Some industry analysts and investors have speculated about the companies entering a partnership or even Apple acquiring the carmaker.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Gurman in Los Angeles at mgurman1@bloomberg.net;Dana Hull in San Francisco at dhull12@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net, Alistair Barr, Andrew Pollack

For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.