1. What Tesla Needs From Its New Chairman: Specialized Knowledge And The Chutzpah To Stand Up To Musk

    What Tesla Needs From Its New Chairman: Specialized Knowledge And The Chutzpah To Stand Up To Musk

    Under the terms of an SEC settlement, Elon Musk must step down from his post as Tesla chairman by November 13. Industry experts put together a checklist for the skills his replacement must possess...

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    1. Given Tesla's struggles to scale production of the Model 3, someone with deep experience in managing large-scale, high-tech manufacturing and the associated supply chain might be extremely valuable for the board.
    2. Mullaly went something like nine tiers down the supply chain to figure out the cause (an issue in a machine shop) and rectified it.
    3. She has deep experience in high-tech and high-volume manufacturing.
    4. The chairperson has to understand the software story, the narrative of Tesla as a software and service company that also builds an amazing car.
    5. Whoever takes over as board chair must be tough as nails to stand up to Elon and not back down.
    6. It doesn't matter who joins Tesla's board; Elon Musk won't listen to the board anyway.
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