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Tesla faces online rage after James Murdoch joins its board of directors

Tesla fans and clients were not happy after the company announced Linda Johnson Rice and James Murdoch as new independent directors to its board.

Elon Musk re-tweeted Tesla’s announcement and reactions were far from positive:


Even if Elon Musk is usually very active on Twitter and responds to his followers, Tesla’s CEO had nothing to say about the comments.

“We would like to welcome Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), and James Murdoch, Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox (21CF), to Tesla’s board of directors,” the Tesla team announced.

The same post notes: “Before becoming CEO of 21CF in 2015, James held a number of leadership roles at the company over a two-decade career. He previously served as its Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chairman and CEO for Europe and Asia, as well as Chairman of BSkyB, Sky Deutschland, and Sky Italia, the businesses that now comprise Sky plc. He also served as CEO of BSkyB and STAR, India’s entertainment leader. In addition to being a key driver of 21CF’s domestic and international expansion, James has been instrumental in the company’s robust social impact initiatives, including its decade-long leadership on environmental sustainability. James and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, are founders of a family foundation, Quadrivium, which supports initiatives involving natural resources, science, civic life, childhood health, and equal opportunity.”

James Rupert Jacob Murdoch is the younger son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In May 2012, a highly critical UK Parliamentary report said that Murdoch “showed wilful ignorance of the extent of phone-hacking” and found him “guilty of an astonishing lack of curiosity” over the issue.


John Beckett