James Murdoch Joins Tesla Board

Elon Musk Appoints Rupert Murdoch’s Son To Tesla’s Board Guest Post

Elon Musk Appoints Rupert Murdoch’s Son To Tesla’s Board Guest Post

That letter, addressed to Tesla director Antonio Gracias and first reported by Bloomberg, also argued that "a thoroughly independent board would provide a critical check on possible dysfunctional group dynamics, such as groupthink".

James Murdoch, son of media titan Rupert Murdoch, was named CEO of 21st Century Fox in 2015.

James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox and son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has joined the board of Tesla, after months of pressure from investors about the lack of independent directors on the electric vehicle company's board.

Ms. Rice, who had been chairman emeritus of Ebony Media Holdings, returned to run the holding company that includes Ebony magazine earlier this year after selling the family-owned Johnson Publishing last year.

Though the measure to declassify the board failed, the company did seek to hire directors who lacked connections to Musk, either through his rocket company SpaceX or SolarCity, the company run by his cousin until Tesla's controversial acquisition past year. Musk said on Twitter shortly after that he was planning to add two new board members and that the board expansion had nothing to do with the letter from the pension funds. Linda has extensive corporate board experience, having previously served on the boards of a number of companies across a variety of industries, including Bausch & Lomb, Continental Bank, Quaker Oats, Dial Corporation, MoneyGram and Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and now serving on the boards of Omnicom Group and Grubhub. She's also on the boards of Grubhub, Omnicom and others. James previously acted as News Corp's Europe and Asia CEO, too, prior to taking over leadership of 21st Century Fox, one of two spin-outs of the original News Corporation focused primarily on film and television.

"James has been instrumental in the company's robust social impact initiatives, including its decade-long leadership on environmental sustainability", Tesla said in a post announcing the appointment.

Earlier this year, five investment groups, representing a number of investors, sent a letter to Tesla calling for a shake-up of the board amid criticism chief executive Elon Musk had ties to too numerous directors.

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