It feels like coming home. Robyn Denholm, appointed as Chairman of Tesla on Thursday, grew up at a gas station owned by his parents in Milperra, a small 4,000-strong suburb 20 kilometers southwest of Sydney.
Small family business had a special role: keep accounts. An early proximity to numbers and calculations that led to degree in economics at the age of 22 at the University of New South Wales.
Three years later, Robyn Denholm graduated from the University of Sydney, Department of Commerce and Industrial Relations. In parallel, young Australia is working as an auditor at Andersen, an expert in corporate finance and consultancy.
At the age of 26, Robyn Denholm found his first job in the finance department of Toyota, calculating his two specialties and reconciling himself with the car. After taking several responsibility positions, he left the Japanese manufacturer seven years later. Tesla will return to the sector only 22 years later.
"Robyn has a solid experience in the technology and automotive industries," commented Elon Musk, who is pleased with the career path of his new team. A ten-year career at Sun Microsystems software company, Juniper Networks telecom equipment company six and a half years at the Australian telecom operator Telstra.
Yet in leadership positions, Robyn Denholm seems to have an ideal profile for decision-making roles. In 2015, Juniper Networks became a 39 driving force u for record profits, while Telstra's boss, Andrew Penn.
This good management knowledge should be an undeniable asset to open a channel in Elon Musk in its new mission. Provided he has the approval and support of the other eight members of the council, he can give him the direction to follow.
"I think it would be difficult for obvious reasons to work with a foreigner," says Ross Gerber, managing director of Investment and Investment Management at Kawasaki, who owns Tesla. Said. But Robyn Denholm has known for four years. "On the other hand, he respects him," says Ross Gerber.
Although evaluated by his wife, he is not one of his relatives. "There is much less contact with Elon Musk and other company directors," the US newspaper said. Which is the militant for a certain independence of spirit and action.
"A good choice"
The announcement of the appointment was still amazing. Instead, several analysts had bet on James Murdoch, director of media boss Rupert Murdoch & # 39; s son, Tesla, who was better known by the general public.
Nevertheless Robyn has a strong reputation among Denholm's peers. National Diversity of California made her one of the 50 most powerful women in technology. And in 2017 the Global Telecoms Business magazine has integrated the ranking of "women to watch".
W A good choice among current managers, Investment said Dieter Waizenegger, president of the CtW Investment Group, representing the solidarity and pension funds Tesla has. The mission for Robyn Denholm is simple: kâr Help Elon la and let Tesla achieve & sustainable profitability Rob.
From a service station in Tesla, the goal remains the same: ensure proper maintenance of accounts.