Top Tesla shareholder says Musk 'doesn't need to be CEO': Barron's

The company’s founder could play some other role within the company, such as taking on a “chief ideologue” position


Reuters March 06, 2019
Tesla and SolarCity had a combined $3.3 billion in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30. PHOTO: REUTERS.

Tesla’s largest shareholder expressed its support for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, but acknowledged that it was open to a different role for the electric carmaker’s founder and CEO, Barron’s reported on Tuesday.

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“We wouldn’t be against him having a different role,” James Anderson, head of global equities for Baillie Gifford & Co, told Barron’s. “I don’t think he needs to be CEO.”

Anderson said Musk was essential to Tesla but suggested that the company’s founder could play some other role within the company, such as taking on a “chief ideologue” position, according to the report.

Edinburgh-based investment management company Baillie Gifford has a nearly 8 per cent stake in the company, according to Refinitiv data.

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Both Tesla and Baillie Gifford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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