Deepak brings more than 20 years of global automotive financial experience to the Tesla team. As Chief Financial Officer, Deepak brings invaluable insight of a well-versed industry veteran to help Tesla become a leading automobile company in the world.
Prior to originally joining Tesla Motors in 2008, Deepak was the Controller of Small Cars Product Development at Ford with the goal of bringing several exciting fuel-efficient automobiles to the North American market. Previously, Deepak was CFO for Ford of Southern Africa, a $3 Billion subsidiary where he oversaw the finance, legal and IT functions. Prior to that, Deepak served as CFO for Auto Alliance International, a joint venture between Ford and Mazda with over $4 billion in revenue. His career at Ford included assignments in all aspects of the business, including Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales, Treasury, Acquisition and Divestitures. Before joining Ford, Deepak worked as an engineer for Kennametal, Inc. near Pittsburgh, PA for almost 6 years and developed two new ceramic composites cutting tools for machining of aluminum alloys in aerospace and automotive industries. Deepak was Tesla’s CFO between 2008 and 2015 and returned to Tesla as CFO in February 2017.
Deepak and his family live Silicon Valley, where Deepak spearheads financial initiatives out of Tesla's Palo Alto headquarters. In his spare time, Deepak enjoys playing racquetball, spending time with his kids and hiking. He loves cooking Indian food on special occasions just to have fun with his friends and family.
Deepak holds bachelor's and master's degrees in materials engineering from Banaras Hindu University and Northwestern University, respectively and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.