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Tesla cryptically announces chief accounting officer departure

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 12, 2018

In a strangely cryptic message, Tesla disclosed  in a regulatory filing last week: “On March 7, 2018, Eric Branderiz left Tesla for personal reasons. Tesla appreciates Eric's service to the company.”

What Tesla did not disclose is that Branderiz was the company's chief accounting officer. He had been serving in this position since October 2016. Previously, he served six years at SunPower Corporation, where he was senior vice president, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer.

Branderiz’s exit from Tesla follows the departures of more than a dozen Tesla executives in 2016 and 2017, some who held their roles for just a few months. Tesla's Chief Financial Officer Jason Wheeler is among those who left last year.

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