Elon Musk Settles With SEC, Quits As Tesla Chairman

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As part of fraud case settlement, company founder will continue as CEO of electric vehicle firm, with new "independent chairman" appointed.

On August 7th, 2018, Elon Musk used his prolific Twitter account to state that he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420" per share, claiming that funding was already secured. The SEC had alleged that Musk either knew or was reckless in not knowing that statements made about his go-private plans were false or misleading. It indicates that the company still hasn't approached, at any sustained level over a longer time, chief executive Elon Musk's goal of producing 5,000 of the cars per week.

Under the settlement, which requires court approval, Musk will be allowed to stay as CEO but must leave his role as chairman of the board within 45 days.

After falling 14 percent on Friday, the stock rose 17 percent today, leaving the closely watched price at $310.70 at the close. Those trade tensions have resulted in an import tariff rate of 40% on Tesla vehicles versus 15% for other imported cars in China.

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Gore, also a well-known environmental activist who starred in the award-winning climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", would indeed be seemingly aligned with Musk and Tesla's mission to put more electric cars on the road. "We are very close to achieving profitability and proving the naysayers wrong, but, to be certain, we must execute really well tomorrow (Sunday)", Musk's email said. Musk won't be eligible to be re-elected as chairman for three years. There remain significant opportunities to grow the addressable market for Model 3 by introducing leasing, standard battery and other lower-priced variants of the vehicle, and by starting global deliveries.

Bluff called, Musk settled and agreed to resign for at least 3 years and will pay a collective $40m fine between himself and Tesla.

As part of the settlement, Tesla will appoint an independent chairman, two independent directors, and a board committee to set controls over Mr Musk's communications under the proposed agreement.

Stephanie Avakian and Steve Peikin, co-directors of the SEC's Enforcement Division, led the talks, taking the reins from the staff attorneys who worked the case, according two people familiar with the matter.