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Tesla Board Shakeup Seen as ‘Important Step’ in Governance (2)

April 22, 2019, 2:12 PM

Tesla Inc. will bid farewell to longtime directors and reduce the size of its 11-member board to nine as the automaker ushers in a new era of corporate governance.

Director terms will be cut to two years from three, allowing shareholders to vote on the board’s performance with greater frequency, according to a proxy filed April 19. Directors Brad Buss, a former chief financial officer of Solarcity Corp., and Linda Johnson Rice, chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Co., won’t seek re-election when their terms expire at the June 11 annual shareholder meeting.

If shareholders vote to reduce director terms ...