James Murdoch, Linda Johnson Rice Join Tesla Board of Directors

Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co.

The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on its board.

Tesla’s seven existing board members are: Elon Musk; Brad Buss, former CFO of SolarCity (which Tesla acquired last fall); Steve Jurvetson, managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (an early investor in Tesla); Antonio Gracias, CEO of Valor (the first institutional investor in Tesla); Kimbal Musk (Elon’s brother); Ira Ehrenpreis, general partner with Technology Partners (an investor in Elon Musk’s SpaceX); and Robyn Denholm, EVP at Juniper Networks.

In its proxy statement filed in April, Tesla said that “with the exception of Elon Musk and Kimbal Musk, all of (Tesla’s) current members are ‘independent directors’ as that term is defined in the listing standards of NASDAQ.”

James Murdoch, son of media titan Rupert Murdoch, was named CEO of 21st Century Fox in 2015. He previously was the conglomerate’s co-COO, chairman and CEO for Europe and Asia, as well as chairman of BSkyB, Sky Deutschland, and Sky Italia, the businesses that now comprise Sky plc.

In announcing Murdoch’s appointment to the Tesla board, the company called out his “decade-long leadership on environmental sustainability,” noting that he and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, are founders of a family foundation, Quadrivium, that supports initiatives involving natural resources, science, civic life, childhood health, and equal opportunity.

Johnson Rice, in addition to her role as chairman and CEO of JPC and Fashion Fair Cosmetics, is CEO of Ebony Media Operations and chairman emeritus of Ebony Media Holdings, the parent company for the Ebony and Jet brands. She has previously served on the boards companies including Bausch & Lomb, Continental Bank, Quaker Oats, Dial Corporation, MoneyGram and Kimberly-Clark. Johnson Rice currently serves on the boards of Omnicom Group and Grubhub.

More Digital

  • Jonathan Friedland Netflix

    Netflix Comms Chief Jonathan Friedland Out Over Insensitive Comments

    Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on […]

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Fox Sports App Sees Big Lift From World Cup

    Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on […]

  • Uber Sexual Harassment

    Self-Driving Uber Pilot Was Watching Hulu Before Deadly Crash

    Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on […]

  • vice_logo

    New Staff Shakeup as Vice Restructures Its U.K./EMEA Studios, TV Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

    Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on […]

  • Jen Ruggirello

    Vidcon 2018 Showcases Diverse Voices, Creators of Color

    Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on […]

  • lucas the spider - youtube

    YouTube Creators Getting New Options for Paid Memberships, Merch Sales, Video Premieres

    Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on […]

  • VidCon

    Vidcon Attracts More Traditional Media as Online Video Matures, Becomes More Lucrative

    Tesla, the electric-car company headed by billionaire Elon Musk, on Monday named two new members to its board: 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. The move comes after Telsa, founded in 2003, has been the target of investor criticism for lacking independent directors on […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content