Tesla has yet another person to add to its list of quick departures: After just one month of being on the job, Tesla’s chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, provided notice that he was resigning from Tesla, effective immediately.
“Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations,” Morton said in a Form 8-K filing, dated Sept. 4. “As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future. I want to be clear that I believe strongly in Tesla, its mission, and its future prospects, and I have no disagreements with Tesla’s leadership or its financial reporting.”
Tesla’s accounting functions and personnel will continue to be overseen by both Tesla’s chief financial officer and its corporate controller, as had been the case prior to and during Morton’s transition to Tesla.
In March, Tesla disclosed in a regulatory filing that Eric Branderiz, former chief accounting officer, left Tesla for personal reasons. Tesla did not disclose that Branderiz was the company's chief accounting officer, who had been serving in this position since October 2016.
Branderiz’s exit from Tesla followed 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 former chief financial officer, Jason Wheeler, is among those who left last year.