Tesla Motors has hired Doug Field as its Vice President of Vehicle Programs. Field’s role is responsible for the driving development of the new vehicles the company will be creating. He has led teams in innovating and developing high-technology products from his previous companies.

Doug Field’s career started at Ford Motor Company, where he worked as an engineer. More recently, he found himself working for Apple as Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering. Some of his feats in Apple include the development of the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. He studied BS in Mechanical Engineering in Purdue, and graduated with highest distinction. He is also has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management in Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world. Tesla’s future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug’s experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team,” said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO.

“Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple. I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world—while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley,” said Doug Field.