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Tesla’s store guru exits the building

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

One of Tesla’s top sales executives and the creator of its store experience — George Blankenship — left the company earlier this month, according to Blankenship’s LinkedIn page, and first reported by the San Jose Mercury News Thursday. Blankenship is a former Apple VP who helped craft Apple’s stores, and now lists his job on LinkedIn as “Director of Smiles” and “Blankenship Family Planner.”

On his LinkedIn page Blankenship also lists his previous roles at Tesla as well as: “November 2013 — Done at Tesla.” Tesla didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Blankenship told the San Jose Mercury News that he’s retiring to spend more time with his family.

I did an onstage interview with Blankenship at our Roadmap 2012 conference about the process he went through to design the Tesla store experience:

I also did a video interview him when the first experiential Tesla store opened on…

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