JB Straubel might return to Tesla – as a board member this time


Tesla has nominated JB Straubel, the corporate’s former CTO who’s now operating his personal startup Redwood Supplies, as its subsequent impartial board member.

The corporate mentioned in a regulatory submitting Thursday that Straubel, if elected by shareholders (which is sort of a certainty) would take over the spot vacated by Hiromichi Mizuno, the previous chief funding officer of Japan’s $1.5 trillion pension fund. Mizuno joined the board and its audit committee in 2020 and won’t stand for re-election.

Straubel, who joined Tesla in 2004 and was CTO for 14 years, was largely considered because the quiet regular hand behind its controversial CEO Elon Musk. Straubel’s function at Tesla can’t be understated. The manager was chargeable for a few of the firm’s most necessary know-how, notably round batteries. His understated but regular presence alongside together with his technological acumen gave offered stability even when its CEO grew to become embroiled in controversy.

Throughout his tenure at Tesla, Straubel led the development and idea of Gigafactory Nevada and the manufacturing ramp of its Mannequin 3 sedan.

Straubel left Tesla in 2019. Drew Baglino, vp of know-how, took over his duties. On the time, Tesla mentioned Straubel would keep on in a senior advisor function.

After Straubel left the automaker he threw himself into scaling Redwood Supplies, a battery supplies provider and recycler that was based in 2017. Redwood Supplies, which is predicated in Carson Metropolis, Nevada, has since landed tons of of thousands and thousands in company and enterprise capital and locked in a number of high-profile buyer offers with corporations like Panasonic and Amazon.

Tesla’s shareholder assembly is scheduled for Might 16.



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