- Elon Musk has said he doesn’t like parts of being in charge of Tesla.
- While he said he intends to remain Tesla’s CEO for at least the next few years, he might one day return to engineering and design.
- That leaves a few internal candidates and external candidates like Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and Zoox CEO Aicha Evans as options to replace him.
- See more stories on Insider’s business page.
Elon Musk has run Tesla for 13 years, a span longer than any other current automotive CEO. Though Musk said earlier this year that he intends to remain in the role for “several” more years, he’s indicated he finds part of the job unpleasant. “I rather hate it,” he said in July of holding the top spot. “I would much prefer to spend my time on design and engineering, which is what intrinsically I like doing.”
The departure from Tesla of two potential successors — former CTO JB Straubel and former head of trucking Jerome Guillen — has left a shortage of obvious internal candidates to one day replace Musk. But there are plenty of external options with strong track records, or the opportunity to build one in the coming years, who could draw interest if Musk were to step down.
These are nine potential candidates to one day become Tesla’s CEO.