Musk denies report Murdoch poised to be Tesla chair

BloombergSYDNEY (Bloomberg) — Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk denied a report in the Financial Times that James Murdoch is poised to replace him as chairman, prolonging the uncertainty over leadership at the electric-car maker after a deal with the U.S. securities regulator.

Murdoch, the CEO of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and a Tesla board member, is the lead candidate for the job, the Financial Times said, citing two people briefed on the discussions. The newspaper is wrong, Musk tweeted in response, without elaborating.

Musk must relinquish his role as chairman under a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over his tweeting, which left open the possibility that the carmaker could appoint an existing independent director. Tesla and the SEC are nearing a Thursday deadline to file a joint letter to explain why U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan should approve their deal.

The settlement with the SEC was reached two days after the regulator sued the billionaire over tweeted claims he had the funding and investor support to buy out stockholders at $420 a share. Speech

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