Drone supply and logistics startup Zipline hires Indian-origin former Tesla veteran Deepak Ahuja

Drone supply and logistics startup Zipline has employed Indian-origin former Tesla veteran Deepak Ahuja as its first chief enterprise and monetary officer.

Ahuja, who’s leaving his job as CFO at Alphabet’s healthcare unit Verily Life Sciences, will begin within the new position at Zipline from September 30.

“Hardly ever do I see this stage of disruption and influence paired with the world-class know-how that Zipline’s group is constructing,” Ahuja stated in an announcement late on Friday.

“The corporate’s instantaneous logistics resolution was born out of a deep understanding of what their prospects want, and has already delivered unbelievable worth to individuals all over the world by saving lives, time, cash and decreasing the environmental influence of deliveries on the planet,” he added.

Zipline designs, manufactures and operates the world’s largest instantaneous logistics and supply system for companies, governments and shoppers.

Previous to Verily (which simply raised $1 billion led by Alphabet), Ahuja was the CFO of Tesla the place, amongst many issues, he oversaw the corporate’s rise to profitability.

Along with his exit from Tesla in 2019, Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk suffered a jolt as he deliberate to convey his electrical vehicles to India.

Ahuja flew to India a few instances, searching for to know from the federal government and different key stakeholders whether or not there’s a will to let Tesla enter India.

Ahuja, a seasoned auto trade finance govt with 15 years expertise at Ford Motor Firm, joined Tesla Motors as its first CFO in 2008.

He holds a Bachelor’s diploma in ceramic engineering from the Indian Institute of Know-how (BHU), Grasp’s diploma from Robert R. McCormick College of Engineering and Utilized Science of Northwestern College and is an MBA from Carnegie Mellon College.

“Ahuja brings many years of expertise serving to to construct revolutionary and disruptive firms within the transportation and well being sectors,” stated Keller Rinaudo, CEO and co-founder of Zipline.

“His observe document can have an enormous influence as we proceed to broaden our footprint, help new classes, and construct a enterprise for the long-term,” Rinaudo added.
Thus far, Zipline has delivered greater than 380,000 packages with greater than 3.5 million merchandise, and flown greater than 25 million autonomous miles.

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