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Tesla names new chief accounting officer

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 14, 2019

As Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk continues to dance to the beat of his own drum, musical chairs among Tesla’s executive team continue.

Most recently, the electric car maker disclosed in a March 13 securities filing that it has appointed Vaibhav Taneja as chief accounting officer. Tesla's former chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, split after just one month on the job, explaining in a Form 8-K filing that “the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations.”

Taneja, Tesla’s current corporate controller since May 2018, previously served as assistant corporate controller between February 2017 and May 2018. Prior to that he was vice president of SolarCity in its accounting functions between March 2016 and February 2017, as well as its corporate controller from August 2016.

In other news, Tesla also appointed Zachary Kirkhorn as chief financial officer to succeed Deepak Ahuja. Kirkhorn first joined Tesla in 2010 and has continuously served in various roles in its finance department, other than a two-year period between 2011 and 2013 during which he obtained his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

In February, Tesla announced that General Counsel Dane Butswinkas was leaving the job after just two months with the company. He is replaced by Jonathan Chang, a vice president in Tesla’s legal department.

Butswinkas joined the list of dozens of other Tesla executives who have left in the last three years, some who held their roles for just a few weeks.