A tale of two CEOs: Tim Cook demonstrates what some want from Elon Musk


To lose one major money person from your company may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two within a week looks like carelessness. You don’t need to be good at numbers to figure out that’s not exactly stellar optics.

CNBC reported that chief accounting officer David Morton quit Tesla on Friday — after about a month in the gig — because he felt Musk wasn’t taking his advice on the go-private thing. (The previous head of accounting left in March.) Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times says “it’s conceivable that he saw something in the books that scared the hell out of him.”

Then, on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported the departure of Justin McAnear, Tesla’s vice president of worldwide finance. McAnear is leaving to take a CFO gig at an as-yet-unnamed company. And those are just the money folks! Tesla’s HR chief, Gabrielle Toledano, ankled the company on the same day as Morton, as did…



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