In what could very well be the most surprising update in Tesla’s recently held Q4 2018 earnings call, longtime CFO Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the company. He would be succeeded by Zach Kirkhorn, the electric car maker’s vice president of finance, who has been with the company since the days of the original Roadster.
The announcement of the legendary CFO’s retirement was shared by the company near the end of the Q4 earnings call, with CEO Elon Musk expressing his thanks to the executive for his contributions to the company. Deepak, for his part, also thanked Tesla, stating that the company has arguably the best team in the industry. Despite leaving his post, Deepak is set to play a role in the company nonetheless, with Elon Musk stating that he would continue to serve as a “senior adviser” for “probably years to come.”
Together with Tesla’s Q4 2018 results, Deepak’s departure appears to have been received negatively by Wall Street. As of writing, Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) is down 4.68%, trading at $294.80.