The CIO at US car manufacturer Tesla Motors has left his job to begin working on his own stealth startup.
Jay Vijayan actually quit Tesla in January, according to his LinkedIn page. Vijayan led the transformation of the company's digital and information systems in his four-year stint as CIO.
Vijayan has said that his team built the core corporate applications and systems infrastructure for Tesla from the ground up, including the firm's e-commerce, ERP, service and logistics systems.
The highlight was building proprietary software called Warp that supported Tesla's approach to selling and servicing cars, according to Vijayan. Warp also handles all back-office functions, including workflow management, financial accounting and supply chain management.
Vijayan said that he left on good terms with Tesla, and told CIO Journal that he loved working at the company but had wanted to start his own business for some time.
He added that Tesla chief executive Elon Musk was his "favourite CEO", and that Musk had supported his decision to start a new firm. Vijayan has not yet revealed any details about his new company.
Prior to joining Tesla, Vijayan headed the IT business applications unit at VMware, and held a variety of engineering and applications management positions at Oracle between 1999 and 2007.
Vijayan leaves as Tesla is enjoying relative success. The firm's $35,000 Model 3 electric car has had more than 276,000 pre-orders, according to Musk.
It is not known whether Tesla has found a permanent replacement for Vijayan.
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