Tesla board of directors says Musk has someone in mind to be Tesla CEO
It appears Elon Musk may soon have more time to spend at Tesla. The CEO confirmed he is looking for someone to run his newly acquired company — Twitter. Musk tweeted: I will continue to run Twitter until it is in a strong place, which will take some time. It's a good sign for people concerned about his other companies, like Tesla, which presently don't have the same amount of Musk's attention. The current situation has intensified concerns around the succession plan for Tesla after Musk.
CEO Succession Plans
In testimony during the trial about Musk's pay package, James Murdoch, a member of Tesla's board of directors, was asked if Musk had identified someone as a potential successor. He said, "He actually has," Reuters reported. However, who that person is, was not said, nor was a timeline.
Reuters also reported that a former board member, Antonio Gracias, testified that there have been conversations about finding an "administrative CEO." This position would oversee sales, finance, and human resources "so Musk can focus his time as chief product officer, which is his most vital function."
Musk's Views on CEO
Musk gave some insight into his views on a CEO during his testimony. CNBC reported he said, "CEO is often viewed as somewhat of a business-focused role. But in reality, my role is much more that of an engineer developing technology and making sure that we develop breakthrough technologies and that we have a team of incredible engineers who can achieve those goals." He also said, "It's my experience that great engineers will only work for a great engineer. That is my first duty, not that of CEO."
Succession was Asked in August
Gary Black, the Future Fund managing partner, asked Musk point blank about succession during the shareholders' event in August. Black said, "the thing we worry about most is not PR; it's succession. So key man risk is a big thing. How does the board think about your succession?"
Musk responded, "It's a good question. To be frank, I don't have an easy answer. Open to ideas. I'm definitely working as hard as I can, and I'm very excited about the future of the company. I think it has a very bright future even without me. I'm not leaving, to be clear."
The CEO added that the company has an exciting road map that will be difficult to execute, but he will continue to work hard on the plan. "We do have a very talented team here, so I think Tesla would do very well even if I were kidnapped by aliens or went back to my home planet," joked Musk.
That statement is being put to the test. Musk is currently spending much of his valuable time on Twitter while the Tesla team has a lot of work to do. Tesla is preparing for the Semi launch on December 1, Full Self Driving Version 11 for wide release soon, Cybertruck production and several other projects that we have yet to be aware of. The faster Musk gets Twitter to the level he wants it to be, the faster he can focus on Tesla. But we've been given a preview of what life at Tesla may be like once the co-founder and CEO steps down.
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Tesla's Investor Day will take place on March 1, 2023
Tesla's upcoming Investor Day event is attracting attention as the electric vehicle maker gears up for the event. Elon Musk has confirmed he will release the Master Plan Part 3 during the event, scheduled to take place at Giga Texas, on March 1, 2023.
True to Tesla's tradition of incorporating Easter eggs into high-profile events and products, the Investor Day invitation features a textured background in both the invitation and the event's graphic shared by Elon Musk on Twitter. Upon close examination, the textured background appears to be composed of vehicle bodies used for manufacturing, aligning with Elon Musk's comments about scaling as a critical component of Master Plan Part 3.
What to Expect from Tesla's Upcoming Event
Elon Musk has not disclosed specific details about Master Plan Part 3. Still, he has previously hinted that it will focus on scaling Tesla's operations to an extreme size and incorporating Artificial Intelligence into the company's operations. The CEO has also stated that the plan will encompass his other ventures, such as SpaceX and The Boring Company.
In March 2022, Elon Musk announced that he was working on Master Plan Part 3, which would outline Tesla's future strategy and how the company plans to scale its operations to a global level and incorporate AI. The CEO has also confirmed that Master Plan Part 3 will include sections related to his other companies, such as SpaceX and The Boring Company.
The Future of Tesla and Beyond
The first Master Plan, released by Elon Musk in 2006, outlined Tesla's strategy to become a mainstream EV automaker that produces more than just Roadsters, but vehicles more like the Model S. The plan also touched on the potential for electric vehicle owners to use renewable energy sources, such as solar power, to charge their cars.
Ten years later, in 2016, Elon Musk released Master Plan, Part 2, which focused on expanding Tesla's vehicle offerings into heavy-duty trucks, pickups, and urban transportation. The plan also highlighted Autopilot, the development of a Robotaxi Network, Tesla Energy and solar products.
Musk's focus on scaling Tesla's operations to an extreme size led many to believe the Master Plan Part 3 will include reasons why the company may launch a much cheaper model, expected to be around $25,000. Tesla's Q4 and FY 2022 updates confirmed that the next-generation vehicle platform is under development, and the company will provide further details about the car at Investor Day.
You can manage Tesla Insurance payments, coverage and claims directly in Tesla app
Tesla has continued its expansion into the insurance market, with its sights set on Europe. The automaker, known for its electric vehicles, established its European insurance branch in Malta in December 2020 but has yet to offer specific insurance services to European drivers. But that is about to change.
Tesla's Job Posting Indicates Progress Towards European Launch
Recently, Tesla advertised for a Legal Counsel position specializing in insurance for the European market, with the work based at the company's London headquarters. The individual will be tasked with building and leading the in-house legal function of the insurance company as it operates cross-border in Europe, navigating the complex legal and regulatory landscape of insurance in Europe.
In March 2022, Tesla registered its European insurance operations at its London headquarters at 109 Devonshire Road. In addition, the company has utilized other insurance programs in the UK and Europe to provide driver coverage through partnering insurance companies. Still, it has also launched its in-house insurance program in the United States and continued expanding its offering. Tesla uses real-time data on driving behavior to determine rates. It is now available in 12 states, excluding California.
Tesla's Focus on Europe After US Expansion
Tesla Insurance reported an annual premium run rate of $300 million as of the end of 2022 and growth of 20 percent a quarter. During the fourth quarter earnings call in 2021, the company revealed that Tesla's next target would be Europe after focusing on expansion in the United States.
Although the company has not yet announced a specific launch date for its insurance services in Europe, the recent job posting and the registration of the European insurance operations in London indicate that Tesla is making progress toward offering the service to European customers. In early 2022, Tesla's CFO, Zachary Kirkhorn, suggested that the company might launch insurance in Europe by the end of the year, dependent on the progress of the insurance launch in the United States.
Launch of Tesla Insurance in Europe by 2023
It's no secret that CEO Elon Musk has been optimistic with some of his previous timelines. Still, recent statements indicate that the launch of Tesla Insurance in Europe could happen as early as 2023. A successful Legal Counsel candidate will play a key role in ensuring that the company can navigate the unique challenges and opportunities of the European insurance market and deliver on its promise of rethinking the insurance customer experience.
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