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Tesla’s Former CFO Deepak Ahuja is back for round two

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Deepak Ahuja, CFO Tesla

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Diya TV) — Tesla’s former chief financial officer is coming out of retirement and returning to the electric car manufacturer as it prepares for the release of its new Model 3 sedan.

The company announced Wednesday that current CFO Jason Wheeler, who first joined the company in 2015, will depart from the company in April to take up a job in the public sector. Wheeler will be replaced by Tesla’s first CFO, Deepak Ahuja, who held the position for seven years until retiring in 2015.

Wheeler previously served as Google’s vice president of finance for more than a decade before his arrival at Tesla.

Ahuja will formally assume control of the role in March, Wheeler will remain at the company until then. Tesla made the announcement in a blog post that coincided with the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report. “I’m looking to scratch an itch I’ve had for many many years now,” Wheeler said Wednesday during the company’s earnings call.

Wheeler added that he wouldn’t have felt comfortable about leaving Tesla if didn’t have a good plan in place for the company.

During his rather short tenure with the company, Wheeler helped lead the acquisition of SolarCity and prepared the company for the launch of its highly anticipated Model 3 sedan. He also helped lead the company to a profitable quarter last year, its first after 12 quarterly losses and only the second one in the company’s history.

Ahuja was once one of Tesla’s longest-serving executives and an important fixture as it grew and held its initial public offering in 2010 as well as rougher financial times. When Ahuja left the company, it was because he said he had other things on his bucket list to “check off.”

Here’s Ahuja on a panel discussion about unicorn companies hosted by fellow IIT Alumni:

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President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali in the White House

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On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans - Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — On the eve of Diwali, Indian Americans – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains,, including staff members of the Trump Cabinet gathered to light the ceremonial Diya to symbolize the victory of Light over darkness and good over evil.

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EXCLUSIVE: Preet Bharara gives the backstory on his firing by President Trump

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In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it's important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In a keynote address to the South Asian Bar Association, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recounted in detail the weekend he was fired as U.S. Attorney, what he plans to do moving forward and why it’s important that attorneys from diverse backgrounds get involved in public service.

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Democrat Doug Jones beats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In one of the most intensely fought elections in 2017, Democrat Doug Jones, a former prosecutor has defeated the scandal-clad Republican Roy Moore. Moore who had the endorsement of President Trump, despite allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, was defeated on Tuesday in Alabama, a deeply conservative state that last elected a Democratic senator 25 years ago. The upset delivered a surprising victory for the Democrats shaving the Republican Senate majority down to a single seat.

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate who was abandoned by a majority of his own party leaders, lost to Democrat Doug Jones in a battle that wasn’t a battle until the allegations of sexual misconduct began surfacing, including by a woman who was under-age at the time she was allegedly assaulted. Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted:


Moore was running to fill a seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions who is Trump’s attorney general and lost to Jones, a former US attorney who had prosecuted two members of the Ku Klux Klan for a 1963 bombing of a church in which four African Americans girls had been killed.
Just hours before the polls opened President Trump tweeted:

But despite the presidential endorsement, Moore was defeated by Jones becoming the first Democrat Alabama has sent to the US senate since 1992. His upset victory owes much to Moore’s flawed candidacy, but was pulled off by the Democratic party machine that poured money and resources sensing a chance, howsoever small at the time, of victory. Including a helping hand from Alabama-native and former NBA star Charles Barkley, who campaigned for Doug Jones. He told CNN “Roy Moore was an embarrassment. I am just so proud of my state. We’ve got some amazing people here and they rose up today”

President Trump congratulated Jones on his victory, over twitter:

After initially holding back his endorsement, Trump had come to fully embrace Moore, arguing that if the allegations were proven, the Republican candidate should step aside. But he needed every vote in the Senate to push through legislative agenda, which has had a patchy run thus far.

Trump broke with most members of his party, including the senior Republican senator from Alabama Richard Shelby who had announced they would not vote for Moore. Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, public announced he had donated to Doug Jones’ campaign. Roy Moore hasn’t conceded to Jones and has asked for a recount stating, “It’s not over. I demand a recount. We need to wait for God.”

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