Tesla’s Chief Accounting Officer left the company earlier this year and now they are appointing a new head of accounting: Dave Morton.
The automaker announced the new hire in a blog post:
“At Tesla, we continue to bring on key new talent and grow the Tesla leadership team. Today, we are pleased to welcome Dave Morton as our Chief Accounting Officer. Dave joins us from Seagate Technology, a global provider of data storage technology and solutions, where he held multiple leadership roles since joining the company in 1995.”
Tesla confirmed that Morton is going to report to longtime (and two-time) Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja.
“Dave most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Seagate and will bring more than two decades of significant financial and accounting expertise to Tesla. He will report to CFO Deepak Ahuja and be responsible for Tesla’s corporate financial reporting and global accounting, payroll, tax, and trade activities.”
Tesla’s previous Chief Accounting Officer was Eric Branderiz, who Tesla says left “for personal reasons”, but he has since accepted the role of CFO at Emphase.
He was one of many top Tesla execs to leave this year. Just last week, we reported on Tesla’s head of sales Ganesh Srivats also leaving the automaker.
While many are leaving, Tesla is also still hiring.
After announcing a flurry of new executive hires from Apple, Amazon, and more earlier this year, they also announced a new head of Energy operations hired from Amazon and a new head of Tesla Europe coming from BMW a few weeks later.