It appears that Rivian Automotive recently welcomed yet another employee with an extensive background in Tesla. As indicated in a recent Bloomberg report, Nick Kalayjian, who spent over a decade at Tesla, will be joining Rivian as the company’s new vice president of engineering and product. Kalayjian will be replacing Mark Vinnels, a former McLaren executive who joined Rivian in 2017.
A Rivian spokesperson has confirmed that Vinnels has indeed left the company, though the Michigan-based electric truck maker did not specify how recently his departure happened. Both Kalayjian and Vinnels could not be reached for comment by the publication. Rivian has also not released a statement about its new VP of engineering and product.
Kalayjian will have big shoes to fill at Rivian, especially considering his predecessor’s formidable and extensive automotive background. Mark Vinnels, after all, is a veteran, and during his time with McLaren, he was in charge