Vietnam’s VinFast says three sales executives have left EV company
Vietnamese electric-vehicle (EV) start-up VinFast said on Friday three senior sales and customer-service have left the company this week.
The departures are the latest in a string of executive changes for the ambitious Vietnamese automaker. They also come after a delayed and costly rollout of VinFast’s first EVs in California, its debut overseas market.
In a statement to Reuters, VinFast said Gareth Dunsmore, deputy chief executive for global sales and marketing, had left “due to personal reasons and we respect his decision”.
VinFast said two other U.S.-based executives had left because of “changes in the management model and specific business requirements”: Greg Tebbutt, who had been chief marketing officer, and Craig Westbrook, former chief service officer.
Dunsmore, Tebbutt and Westbrook could not be immediately reached for comment.
The company, a subsidiary of conglomerate Vingroup JSC (VIC.HM), dispatched a shipment of 999 of its VF8 SUVs to California from Vietnam in November, but needed until earlier this month to prepare them for delivery to customers after disclosing the car would have lower battery range than it had flagged to buyers.
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