Tesla Adds the CIO of Japan’s $1.5 Trillion Pension Fund to its Board

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Hiromichi Mizuno, a Japanese investment manager and businessman, is joining Tesla's board of directors, the company announced in a blog post on Thursday.

Mizuno recently served as the Chief Investment Officer of Japan's $1.5 trillion government pension fund (GPIF), the largest pension fund in the world, which owns around $874 million worth of Tesla shares. He has also held senior finance roles in international business hubs including New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and London.

During his time at GPIF, Mizuno promoted environmental, social and governance practices. He was also known for challenging the common market practice of short selling - something that has plauged Tesla.

With Mizuno’s appointment the Tesla board now has 10 members. Mizuno will also sit on the board’s audit committee, effective immediately.

Mizuno brings significant international policy experience to Tesla. He is a member of some high profile international business and government advisory boards, including the PRI, an investor initiative to promote responsible investment in partnership with the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council.

“We are excited that Hiro has joined our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy” the Tesla team commented.

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