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Former Tesla executive sells nearly £200m in shares

  • Former Tesla executive exercises stock option within weeks of leaving company
  • Jerome Gullien made £197.4m ($274.1m) selling 451,118 shares
  • Experts estimate Frenchman still has more than 75,000 shares

Time 3 months ago

A former Tesla executive has had a bumper payday after selling his shares in the company for almost £200m just weeks after leaving the electric car firm.

Jerome Gullien departed Tesla on June 3 and has wasted no time in exercising his stock options.

CNBC reports that the former president of automotive sold 451,118 shares in Tesla, making himself an eye-watering £197.4m ($274.1m) in the process.

Even after parting with the stock, Ben Silverman, director of research at InsiderScore, estimates the Frenchman still has over 75,000 shares.

Guillien started working for Tesla in 2010 and was one of the company’s top four executives.

He was appointed president of the Tesla Heavy Trucking unit in March before leaving the company earlier this month.

It is not currently known why he decided to sell his shares.

Silverman said: ‘He may have had a narrow window of time to exercise his options or forfeit them. 

‘It could have been a use-it-or-lose-it situation that made him decide to buy and sell so much now. He’s also not an insider any more. 

‘So he may not feel comfortable having that much exposure to the stock. That’s not entirely unusual. 

‘If you’re not an insider, you’ve lost your information edge.’

Pic: Heinrich Böll Stiftung

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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