Tom Zhu
General Manager of Tesla China
Tesla Motors  

Daytime MBA

Class of 2012

Council Affiliation:

East Asia Regional Advisory Board


Beijing, China


Mr. Tom Zhu joined Tesla in April 2014 to lead its charging network development in China, and was appointed in December 2014 as the General Manager of Tesla in China.  

Prior to his career in Tesla, Mr. Zhu had set up several businesses and gained extensive management experience of multinational and multicultural enterprise. He led teams, under challenging business climates, to expand into emerging markets, attain business objectives and drive strong business growth.  

Mr. Zhu is the co‐founder of Kaibo Engineering Group Corp. and was in charge of day‐to‐day operations, market development, and project management since 2008. From 2009 to 2011, he managed construction for two large infrastructure projects in Africa, and held business negotiations with local governments and clients, building core teams, and dealing with emergencies. His extraordinary work has promoted customer satisfaction and contributed to the robust growth of the company’s core business. In 2013 Mr. Zhu founded an engineering management consulting company to help Chinese enterprises explore foreign markets.

Mr. Zhu received a Bachelor’s degree from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and an MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.