Tesla appoints Indian-origin Vaibhav Taneja as CFO

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Tesla’s Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn has stepped down after four years in the role, the US automaker said on Monday. Kirkhorn will be replaced by Indian-origin Vaibhav Taneja, who is currently the chief accounting officer at Tesla. Kirkhorn, who has been with Tesla for 13 years, will remain with the company through the end of the year to aid a smooth transition.

Taneja joined Tesla after the automaker acquired SolarCity in 2016. He takes on the role, or the so-called “Master of Coin” position, in addition to his job as chief accounting officer, the automaker said. Prior to joining Tesla, Taneja spent nearly 17 years at consulting and tax services firm PwC.

Taneja holds a commerce degree from Delhi University. He studied accountancy at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and became a certified public accountant in 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile.