Washington, DC 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

July 30, 2018


Tesla, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)












(State or other jurisdiction of



(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

3500 Deer Creek Road

Palo Alto, California 94304

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(650) 681-5000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.




On July 30, 2018, Tesla, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Dave Morton will become its Chief Accounting Officer, commencing on August 6, 2018. Mr. Morton, 46, will join the Company from Seagate Technology PLC, a global provider of data storage technology and solutions, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.


Mr. Morton will have an annual base salary of $350,000 and will receive a $10 million new hire equity grant (in the form of restricted stock units or stock options, or a combination thereof), which will be granted and will vest over four years in accordance with the Company’s standard equity policies. Mr. Morton will also be eligible to participate in the compensation and benefit programs generally available to the Company’s employees. His employment has no specified term and will be on an at-will basis.


On July 30, 2018, the Company published a post on its website blog regarding the appointment of Mr. Morton as Chief Accounting Officer, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. 

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.





Exhibit No.Description



Blog Post of Tesla, Inc. dated July 30, 2018.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.









/s/ Todd A. Maron



Todd A. Maron

General Counsel

Date: July 30, 2018