The ideal swap for Elon Musk: Al Gore?
If Al Gore thought he caught a lot of flak when he was traveling around the world preaching about climate change, just wait until he takes the seat vacated by Elon Musk as chairman of Tesla’s board.
Farfetched? Perhaps. But one fierce Tesla TSLA, +15.73% supporter says the former vice president just might be the ideal choice.
“The open board chairperson role creates an opportunity for Tesla to potentially put someone in place that is capable of influencing Musk and helping Tesla reach sustainability,” writes Gene Munster, venture capitalist at Loup Ventures. “Al Gore, currently on Apple’s board AAPL, +0.87% , could be an interesting fit.”
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Gore, who once said “in Musk I trust” in a Reddit AMA session years ago, has sat on Apple’s board since 2003.
Munster’s call follows the announcement of Musk’s settlement with the SEC, which includes him stepping down as chairman and paying a of $20 million personally. Tesla will pay another $20 million. Musk will, however, keep his position as CEO.
Gore wasn’t the only name Munster threw out there as a potential fit. He also wrote that Boeing BA, +2.12% CEO Jim McNerney would be “a good option.”
Regardless of who takes the wheel, Munster sees the settlement as “the best possible outcome” for the company and its shareholders.
“The settlement removes what could have been a significant distraction for the company and overhang for shares that could have lasted a year,” he wrote.
At last check, Tesla shares were rocketing higher on Monday after Musk said the company is “very close” to profitability.
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