Tesla nominates co-founder JB Straubel to board

Tesla nominates co-founder JB Straubel to board
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An emblem of Tesla Motors on an electrical automobile mannequin is viewed exterior a showroom in New York June 28, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Hyunjoo Jin and Nivedita Balu

(Reuters) -Tesla Inc on Thursday nominated co-founder and aged Chief Know-how Officer JB Straubel to the board at a time when some traders have expressed scenario about an absence of succession planning at the electrical carmaker led by Chief Executive Elon Musk.

Tesla (NASDAQ:) also named Tom Zhu, who led construction and operations of Tesla’s Shanghai manufacturing unit, as senior vice president for car operations. This makes him one amongst the four executive officers at Tesla, at the side of Musk, Chief Monetary Officer Zachary Kirkhorn and powertrain head Andrew Baglino.

Some Tesla traders have expressed scenario that Musk’s acquisition and management of Twitter, which he sold for $44 billion supreme year, might well perhaps stretch the billionaire skinny and distract him from working the carmaker.

Tesla shares posted their steepest annual plunge supreme year, hit by concerns about Musk’s attention to Twitter and softening quiz for electrical vehicles in China, the United States and in various locations.

Tesla shareholders are plot to vote on May perhaps perhaps presumably 16 on an investor proposal for the company to publish a file on “Key-Person Threat”, reflecting concerns that the carmaker depends too heavily on Musk’s management. The proposal seeks to name key folks, succession processes and various “actions to ameliorate the impacts of their doable loss.”

The board recommends voting towards the file, announcing the proposal “would motive pointless aggressive hassle to Tesla.”

James Murdoch, a Tesla director, testified in court in November that Musk had within the old couple of months acknowledged somebody as a doable successor to head the electrical carmaker, without naming the functionality successor.


If elected at the annual assembly on May perhaps perhaps presumably 16, Straubel would prevail Hiromichi Mizuno, who’s no longer going to stand for re-election.

Straubel joined Tesla in 2004 and spent 14 years as the chief technology officer. He has been credited with Tesla’s battery cell invent and likewise led the vogue and thought of Gigafactory Nevada and the manufacturing of Mannequin 3.

Tasked with Tesla’s groundbreaking battery technology since Tesla’s early beginnings, Straubel directed vogue of the understanding to make swish electrical autos powered by bundled notebook computer batteries.

The understated Straubel had been viewed as a right companion for showy Musk, sooner than stepping down in 2019 when the automaker was grappling with losses. Straubel has since basically based Redwood (NYSE:) Materials Inc, a battery recycling company.

On Thursday, Tesla also nominated Musk and board chair Robyn Denholm to be reelected as directors to the eight-member board.

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