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Tesla fires Singapore country manager after Elon Musk warns of headcount reductions

Christopher Busiges, Tesla’s Singapore Country Manager, said his role has been reduced as part of a global reduction in the workforce of electric vehicle manufacturers. Bousigues said he is responsible for launching the Model Y in Singapore.

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Tesla has fired Singapore’s country manager for a week after Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker, warned about global headcount reductions.

Christopher Bousigues posted on LinkedIn on Sunday that his role was “eliminated.”

Bousigues’ LinkedIn profile shows that he was a country manager in Singapore and had been employed by Tesla for over a year.

He didn’t give a specific reason for the dismissal, but said Tesla’s already flagging was related to headcount reductions.

Bousigues and Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment when contacted by CNBC.

Earlier this month, Musk wrote to its employees, announcing plans to “reduce salaried workers by 10% due to lack of staff in many areas.” In another email to executives, Musk said he had “very bad feelings” about the economy, according to Reuters.

As of the end of 2021, Tesla employs nearly 100,000 people worldwide.

Bousigues said he was the first country manager in Southeast Asia and over the past year he and his team “built a business from scratch.” A former Tesla employee highlighted some of his achievements, including the establishment of two showrooms, one service center and the launch of the Tesla Model Y in Singapore last week.

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