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Tesla CFO Jason Wheeler is leaving the company and will be replaced by ex-CFO Deepak Ahuja

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the announcement on the Q4 earnings call.

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Tesla Chief Financial Officer Jason Wheeler is leaving the electric vehicle manufacturer, CEO Elon Musk announced today on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call with analysts and press.

Wheeler, who joined the company in 2015, will be replaced by Tesla’s former CFO, Deepak Ahuja, who joined the company in 2008 after close to a decade at Ford and retired in 2015.

“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,” the company wrote in a blogpost.

According to Musk, Wheeler will be pursuing a position in public policy.

“I’ve been looking to scratch [this] itch for many, many years now,” Wheeler said during the call. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving if we didn’t have a really good [replacement.] He’s super energized and ready to go. He’s a great leader.”

Wheeler joined Tesla from Google, where he was last the vice president of finance. Before that he was the director of finance in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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