Tesla, Inc.
Tesla, Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 02/24/2017 16:13:14)





Washington, DC 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)


February 21, 2017



Tesla, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


3500 Deer Creek Road

Palo Alto, California 94304

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


(650) 681-5000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


(b) , (c)


On February 21, 2017, Jason Wheeler, Chief Financial Officer of Tesla, Inc. (the “ Company ”), notified the Company that he is resigning as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective following the filing of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. Mr. Wheeler will remain at the Company through early April to ensure a smooth transition.


On February 22, 2017, the Company announced that Deepak Ahuja, who served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from July 2008 until November 2015, will rejoin the Company as Chief Financial Officer upon the effectiveness of Mr. Wheeler’s resignation. Mr. Ahuja, 54, has also served on the board of directors of FireEye, Inc., a network security company, since September 2015.


Mr. Ahuja will have an annual base salary of $500,000 and will receive a $15 million new hire equity grant (in the form of RSUs or stock options, or a combination thereof), which will be granted and will vest over four years in accordance with the Company’s standard equity policies. Mr. Ahuja will also be eligible to participate in the compensation and benefit programs generally available to Tesla’s employees. His employment has no specified term and will be on an at-will basis.


On February 22, 2017, the Company published a post on its website blog regarding Mr. Wheeler’s resignation and the appointment of Mr. Ahuja as Chief Financial Officer, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.





Exhibit No.



Blog Post dated February 22, 2017.





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.










/s/ Todd A. Maron




Todd A. Maron

General Counsel


Date:  February 24, 2017





Exhibit 99.1




CFO Jason Wheeler to Depart in April to Pursue Opportunities in Public Policy


Deepak Ahuja Will Return as CFO


Tesla today announced that CFO Jason Wheeler has decided to leave the company in April to pursue opportunities in public policy. Jason will be replaced by Deepak Ahuja, who was Tesla’s first CFO and worked for the company for more than seven years before stepping away in 2015. Deepak will formally take over as CFO in early March, with Jason remaining at Tesla through early April to ensure a smooth transition.


With his many years of experience at a high-volume automaker like Ford and his deep institutional knowledge of Tesla, Deepak will help Tesla continue to scale as it prepares to launch Model 3.


Jason made a number of significant contributions at Tesla, including leading the company to a profitable third quarter last year, significantly improving the company’s cash position, helping to lead the acquisition of SolarCity, and preparing Tesla to scale for the launch of Model 3.


“Jason has been a key member of Tesla’s leadership team, and he has played an important role in further improving the company’s financial position,” said Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk. “I want to thank Jason and wish him success as he moves into public policy. Looking ahead, we’re pleased to have Deepak join us again to ensure a seamless transition for Tesla.”


“It's been an honor to work for such an incredible company,” Wheeler said. “After spending the last 15 years helping to make information accessible to everyone and to advance sustainable energy, I’m looking forward to continuing to champion these causes and others from a public policy perspective.“


“It is a very important time in the history of Tesla, and I’m excited to be back,” Ahuja said. “This is a unique opportunity to rejoin the talented and driven team at Tesla. Every day they are working passionately to significantly improve the long-term future of humanity.”