In the selection process Robyn Denholm keep & # 39; controlled & # 39; Elon Musk, Tesla's board met with several top executives who took up positions in financial departments of multinational companies.
Those who know Denholm say their sensitive methods are exactly what Tesla needs.
"Everything in it is rational, reasonably and warm, and I'm not surprised to get a job," said Scott McNealy, co-founder and former Sun Microsystems president in a telephone conversation. "If Elon is listening, it will be much more successful".
As chairman of the Tesla board, Denholm, 55, will be responsible for maintaining the state-of-the-art top executives while running electric vehicle manufacturers still in the phase of volume increase and vulnerable to financial stoppages.
While Tesla has just celebrated a very successful fourth, with exceptional profit, many analysts expect them to be needed more capital increases before the company is consolidated.
Denholm began his career in auditing and accounting services at Arthur Andersen and left the firm to complete his position in the finance department of Toyota's Australian subsidiary. He joined Sun in 1996 and was there for 11 years, where he was the leader of a pioneering computer company.
On the other hand, Musk, 47, is a classic founder of the Silicon Valley, an eccentric visionary who is very focused on the products. The presidents who supervised them were often chief executives or led companies in other strategic roles.
The president with experience in financing is not so common, although in the case of Tesla, this can be a strength: relationship with the financial community, which is exactly what the car manufacturer wants to improve.
"He seems to be very competent in financial communications," said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, lead expert at Yale School of Management.
"From the possible options, I think they made the best choice. His powers are not his and vice versa," he added.
However, some see Denholm as too close to to Muska. As an independent member of Tesla's board since 2014, he was part of the board he could not avoid unusual procedures this year's executive director, including his annoying tweets about a possible withdrawal of a stock company.
The agreement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on the matter stipulated that Tesla should strengthen its board, criticized for a long time for too much alignment with a multinational leader.
However, Tesla has to move forward with other activities, including replacing more than half of the council in order to attract Directors with experience in production.
After the Sun, Denholm worked on the Juniper Networks network equipment manufacturer where he was executive vice president and head of finance and business.
His experience in technology is ultimately assets: Tesla cars are constantly gaining new functions through various software updates, and battery companies are increasingly selling in utility companies.
Denholm was also a board member of ABB, a Swedish-Swiss multinational company that closely cooperates with public utilities.
The board of directors joined Telstra, the largest telephone company in Australia, in January 2017 as a business manager and took over as the chief financial officer on October 1.
His decision to leave the office was surprised by many; Just last month, he secured Australian media through a spokesman for not competing for President Tesla's position. Denholm, who is married and has grown-up children, lives in Sydney and is not clear whether to return to California to serve as president.
Like Silicon Valley, the business world in Australia has a long way to go gender equality conditions and Denholm is passionate about the fact that more women are devoted to science, technology and engineering, so she has acquired a scholarship to her name University of New South Wales.