Board member: Tesla boss has candidate for successor >

Elon Musk is the personification of Tesla for many – but he himself has many other interests and with Twitter he recently embarked on another project that seems to be taking up most of his time at the moment. But until now, there was no doubt that he would not let Tesla take the lead anytime soon. In recent months, however, he at least looked around for a successor – and found a suitable candidate.

A candidate for the Tesla CEO position has been found

Tesla board member James Murdoch said on Wednesday in a lawsuit over CEO Musk’s billion-dollar bonus, according to a Financial Times (FT) report. Succession planning is a regular ritual at many large companies, but Tesla was the first to discuss it publicly. In fact, before the bonus process in the summer, members of Tesla’s management testified that there had been no plans for a possible successor to Musk until then.

According to the FT report, Murdoch was to confirm in a poll on Wednesday that Musk had never identified a successor for himself as Tesla boss – but responded by saying that he had recently, at least informally. “Indeed I do,” said Murdoch. But that only happened in the “recent months”, i.e. after the opposite statement in the summer.

Former VW boss Diess as successor?

However, the longtime board member did not say anything about the name of the candidate or the selection process for CEO. Who could become the next boss of Tesla has remained open for the time being – but Musk should be intensively questioned in the coming days. Internally, CFO Zach Kirkhorn and SVP of Technology Drew Baglino, who are currently the only members of Tesla’s top management besides Musk, would be considered, according to observers. An interesting solution would also be Herbert Diess, who led the Volkswagen concern until August with a lot of praise for Tesla, and then had to give way to Porsche CEO Oliver Blum.

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