Tesla's senior director of global security has left the company

  • Karl Wagner, Tesla‘s senior director of global security, has left the company, Wagner said in a LinkedIn post on Monday.
  • “Elon Musk is a visionary and Tesla employees second only to the shadow warriors of the CIA in ingenuity, courage, and perseverance. As I move to the next phase of my professional life, I’m proud and honored to have worked alongside them,” Wagner said.
  • Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Karl Wagner, Tesla’s senior director of global security, has left the company, Wagner announced in a LinkedIn post on Monday.

“Elon Musk is a visionary and Tesla employees second only to the shadow warriors of the CIA in ingenuity, courage, and perseverance. As I move to the next phase of my professional life, I’m proud and honored to have worked alongside them,” Wagner said in the LinkedIn post.

“As far as what I’ll do next, I’ll be returning to my PTSD and suicide prevention advocacy, among other projects that bring meaning to me and hopefully others,” he told Business Insider.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Wagner worked in the United States Intelligence Community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, before joining Tesla in 2018, according to his LinkedIn profile. He founded a consulting firm, Eastern Sky Technologies, in January 2018.

Tesla’s security division has come under scrutiny during the past year, as two of the company’s former security employees have filed whistleblowing tips with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that Tesla hacked employee devices and did not disclose to shareholders the theft of raw materials.

Tesla has denied the former security employees’ claims.

The company is known for a high rate of turnover among executives and senior-level employees. This year, Tesla has lost its CFO, vice president of global recruiting, and general counsel.

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