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Vaibhav Taneja Appointed as Tesla's New CFO: Know About Him

Vaibhav Taneja will be replacing Zachary Kirkhorn who has stepped down from his responsibilities after serving for 13 years in Tesla.

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Vaibhav Taneja will be working as CFO, besides his role as a Chief Accounting Officer. (Image Courtesy: Vaibhav Taneja/LinkedIn & Unspalsh)
Vaibhav Taneja will be working as CFO, besides his role as a Chief Accounting Officer. (Image Courtesy: Vaibhav Taneja/LinkedIn & Unspalsh)

Indian-origin Vaibhav Taneja has been appointed as Tesla's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is currently serving as the Chief Accounting Officer and will take over as the company’s CFO, in his role current role.

Taneja will be replacing Zachary Kirkhorn who has stepped down from his responsibility after serving for 13 years in Tesla, the American multi-national automobile company.

Who is Vaibhav Taneja?

  • The 45-year-old professional is a commerce graduate from the University of Delhi, India

  • He initially started off his journey at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 1996

  • Taneja joined Tesla in 2017 after working in SolarCity for a year which was later taken over by Tesla in 2016. He served there as the Vice-President, thereafter as a Corporate Controller

  • Tesla registered its Indian subsidiary in Bengaluru as Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited in 2021. Taneja was then named as one of the three directors of the company along with David Jon Feinstein and Venkatrangam Dreeram.

Though Tesla never specified the reason for the change, Kirkhorn is expected to stay in his position till the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

“As I shift my responsibilities to support this transition, I want to thank the talented, passionate, and hard-working employees at Tesla, who have accomplished things many thought not possible. I also want to thank Elon for his leadership and optimism, which has inspired so many people,” said Kirkhorn in his LinkedIn Post.

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