Robyn Denholm

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Robyn Denholm
Denholm in 2018
Robyn M. Denholm

(1963-05-27) 27 May 1963 (age 58)[1]
Alma mater
TitleChair of Tesla
TermNovember 2018 – present
PredecessorElon Musk
Board member ofTesla, Inc.

Robyn M. Denholm (born 27 May 1963) is an Australian business executive. In November 2018, Denholm succeeded Elon Musk as chair of Tesla, Inc.[3]

Early life[edit]

Denholm was born on 27 May 1963 in Milperra, New South Wales.[1] She was raised there, where her parents owned a service station.[4] Working at her parents' service station, Denholm handled the financial accounts, repaired cars, pumped petrol and became interested in cars.[5]

Denholm graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor's degree in economics, and from the University of New South Wales in 1999 with a master's degree in commerce.[6][5] Denholm is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.[7]


After graduating, Denholm worked in accountancy for Arthur Andersen in Sydney.[5] This was followed by seven years at Toyota Australia.[8][6][5] Denholm worked at the IT companies Sun Microsystems,[8][6] and then Juniper Networks for nine years in finance and operations roles, rising to chief financial officer of Juniper.[5][8][6] In 2014, Denholm became a non-executive director of Tesla, Inc.[8] In the following four years as a non-executive director of Tesla, including as chair of the audit committee, Denholm received US$17 million in Tesla stock options.[5]

In early-2017, Denholm was appointed as chief operations officer (COO) of Telstra, Australia's largest telecoms company,[9] subsequently becoming chief financial officer (CFO) on 1 October 2018.[10] In November 2018, Denholm gave notice of resignation after only five weeks in the role as a result of stepping into the role of chair of Tesla Inc. Telstra CEO Andy Penn announced that Denholm would end her responsibilities as CFO at Telstra on 6 May 2019.[8][11]

Net worth[edit]

Denholm debuted on The Australian Financial Review Rich List in 2021 with a net worth of A$688 million.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Robyn Denholm, una mentora para Musk en Tesla". El País. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Bailey, Michael; Sprague, Julie-anne (27 May 2021). "The 200 richest people in Australia revealed". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Tesla IR | Robyn M. Denholm". Tesla Investor Relations.
  4. ^ Lewis, Michelle. "Telstra appoints new Chief Operations Officer. Who is Robyn Denholm?". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Waters, Richard; Smyth, Jamie (9 November 2018). "Low-key Robyn Denholm takes on challenge of taming Elon Musk". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Tesla picks telco executive Robyn Denholm to replace Elon Musk as chairman". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  7. ^ ABB. "Director CV". Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e Kollewe, Julia (8 November 2018). "Tesla names new chair to replace Elon Musk". the Guardian.
  9. ^ Berndtson, Odgers. "CFO one-on-one interview with Robyn Denholm". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Capacity Media". Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  11. ^ "Telstra announces resignation of Robyn Denholm as Chief Financial Officer". Retrieved 5 February 2020.

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