Tesla has appointed Robyn Denholm as chair of its board, changing the electrical carmaker’s billionaire founder Elon Musk.
Denholm, considered one of two feminine administrators on the nine-member board, assumes her new place instantly, Tesla stated. It should grow to be full-time as soon as she leaves her function as chief monetary officer and head of technique at Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications firm, after her six-month discover interval.
The 55-year-old Australian will briefly step down as chair of Tesla’s audit committee till she quits Telstra.
In late September, Musk, who stays chief govt and can also be Tesla’s greatest investor, agreed to step down as chair for 3 years and pay a positive in a cope with the US Securities and Trade Fee over tweets he made about taking the agency into personal possession. The monetary regulator accused Musk of fraud and deceptive buyers, and fined him and the corporate $20m every.
Musk has additionally been embroiled in different scandals. He’s being sued by a British diver he known as a “pedo” after the 2 had a row over how one can save a bunch of youngsters caught in a Thai cave. Musk additionally courted controversy when he smoked hashish whereas stay on a radio present.
Regardless of the scandals, Tesla made a revenue of $312m within the third quarter, properly forward of Wall Road forecasts, with revenues of $6.8bn. The mid-priced Tesla Mannequin three was the fifth bestselling passenger automobile in America, in accordance with the trade analyst Edmunds.
Denholm has been on the Tesla board as an impartial director since 2014 and has had senior roles at different Silicon Valley expertise firms together with Juniper Networks, the place she was chief monetary officer, and Solar Microsystems, in addition to Japanese carmaker Toyota.
Musk stated: “Robyn has intensive expertise in each the tech and auto industries, and he or she has made vital contributions as a Tesla board member over the previous 4 years in serving to us grow to be a worthwhile firm. I look ahead to working much more intently with Robyn as we proceed accelerating the appearance of sustainable vitality.”
Denholm stated: “I imagine on this firm, I imagine in its mission and I look ahead to serving to Elon and the Tesla group obtain sustainable profitability and drive long-term shareholder worth.”