Tesla chief accounting officer resigns after a month


The turmoil at Tesla Inc.

In a Friday blog post on the electric-car company's website, Musk announced Jerome Guillen, an eight-year veteran of the company, will now oversee all automotive operations, program management, and the company's automotive supply chain.

Mr Morton - who joined only one month ago - said he was resigning because "the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations". "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton was quoted as saying in a company filing.

Just hours later Tesla was rocked again as human resources boss Gabrielle Toledano and accounting chief Dave Morton left. The plan was axed just 17 days later.

Musk raised eyebrows on social media after accepting what Rogan said was a joint of marijuana and tobacco and taking a puff.

Hours before the posting, Musk sat for a 2 1/2-hour interview with comedian Joe Rogan, during which the two mused about work and life while smoking a marijuana joint on camera.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to smoke marijuana briefly on camera during a podcast appearance, fueling concern among critics who say his behavior is becoming increasingly concerning and erratic.

After Musk announced August 7 that he meant to take Tesla private at $420 a share, there was speculation that the billionaire was referring to marijuana when he tweeted because "420" is a coded reference for marijuana. Morton had taken over for the company's previous account head, Eric Branderiz, who resigned on March 7 citing "personal reasons".

Over the course of the interview the men discussed a variety of topics including: the future of humanity and artificial intelligence, Tesla, SpaceX, Musk's controversial merchandising decision to produce 20,0000 flamethrowers at $500 a pop, human kindness and love.

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Musk admitted that an electric plane is not a priority at this time however.

"It's totally legal", the always-enthusiastic Rogan replied.

"You probably can't because of stockholders, right?"

Musk stunned investors a month back with tweets saying he had funding to take the company private for $420 (A$589 ) per share.

Tesla has told investors it expects to turn a profit in the second half of this year, a forecast the company's head of investor relations, Martin Viecha, reiterated at a conference earlier this week sponsored by RBC Capital Markets, RBC analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note on Thursday.

Some observers have said Tesla could be helped with a strong number-two executive, but Friday's departures create additional gaps in Tesla's ranks.

Musk did not directly address the suit during the Rogan sit-down.

Tesla representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Guardado's claims.

Tesla shares fell 6.3 per cent to US$263.24, the lowest close in five months.