Beyond Meat Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that former Amazon.com Inc. and Tesla Inc. executive Sanjay Shah will be the meat-alternative company’s chief operating officer. Shah was most recently senior vice president of Tesla’s solar business, a role he took on in 2018, though Bloomberg News reported last month that he was no longer in charge of the unit. He went to Tesla from Amazon, where he served in a variety of roles from 2011 to 2018. “Sanjay’s focus on making operational excellence a sustained competitive advantage, his experience in and appetite for global expansion, along with shared values and a tireless work ethic, makes him a welcome addition to the Beyond Meat family,” Beyond Meat Chief Executive Ethan Brown said in Thursday’s announcement. As COO of Beyond Meat, Shah will be responsible for the company’s global operations and production. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Beyond Meat said that Shah would receive a $450,000 sign-on bonus and stock awards totaling $7 million, with $3.5 million in shares vesting on the first anniversary of his hire and the rest vesting on a quarterly basis through his second year. Shah will have a $440,000 annual salary and a targeted bonus of 50% of his salary, and be able to purchase additional shares.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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