“When [Bloomberg] was building the company, he was a little bit like Elon Musk in that he might be bold or boisterous or arrogant in some ways about what he said about he products, he was always telling people it was the best. But he generally delivered, and he continually improved his product for the last 30 years,” said Douglas B. Taylor, managing director of data research and consulting firm Burton-Taylor International Consulting and who spent years working for Bloomberg’s primary competitor, Reuters. “It looks the same, but it actually does more, and it has evolved with the markets and its needs.”
Kirkhorn, 34, will become chief financial officer of the electric-car maker after a few months more grooming by his predecessor, Deepak Ahuja. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk revealed the shakeup in the closing minutes of Tesla’s earnings called Wednesday, and the surprise announcement sent the shares tumbling as much as 5.9 percent.