Former Tesla CFO joins drone supply startup Zipline

Deepak Ahuja joined Zipline in 2022 as Chief Business and Financial Officer.

Courtesy Zipline

Former Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja will join Zipline’s executive team as the company’s chief business officer and CFO, Zipline announced Friday.

Zipline is a Silicon Valley-based robotics company that uses drones to deliver deliveries to hard-to-reach areas. It initially focused on medical supplies but is expanding into e-commerce and grocery delivery. The company has previously partnered with the Rwandan government to deliver medical supplies and handle Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Ghana, and has expanded its operations from three to seven countries in the past two years, according to a press release.

Ahuja was CFO of Tesla from March 2017 to March 2019 but only joined the company in 2008. He was with Tesla when it went public in 2010 and briefly left the company in 2015.

Ahuja will join Zipline on September 30th.

“Rarely do I see this level of disruption and impact coupled with the world-class technology that Zipline’s team is developing,” Ahuja said in a press release. “It’s an exciting time for Zipline and I’m excited to join the team as we continue to work to bring these solutions to scale.”

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