Former CFO at Tesla
Jason Wheeler Bio
During his tenure as CFO at Tesla, Jason raised $1.7B in equity and more than $1B in non-recourse debt financing. He also led Tesla to its second ever profitable quarter in Q3 2016 and co-led the $2.1B acquisition of SolarCity which was approved by 85% of unaffiliated shareholders. The SolarCity acquisition transformed Tesla into the world's first vertically integrated sustainable energy company.
Jason served as the VP of Finance at Google Inc. from 2002 - 2015. He led the global Finance function including Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounting & Controls, Internal Audit, Treasury, Tax and Finance Operations. He managed a global organization of 1,000 top notch professionals, several of which have gone on to become public and private company CFOs. In this role, he had a number of responsibilities:
- Oversaw all day-to-day aspects of the Finance function: closing the books, payroll, purchasing, billing & payments, ongoing internal audit, forecasting, decision support, etc.
- Responsible for delivering Annual Financial Plan to the Board, working directly with CEO and all functional/product executives to drive optimal resource allocation
- Worked closely with Audit Committee to ensure that all risks were clearly identified and mitigated on an ongoing basis and that Google was in good standing with all regulatory agencies
Previously, Jason built and managed the corporate FP&A team and was the Head of Finance for EMEA Operations (based in London) where his role covered all financial responsibilities for the region.
Before joining Google, Jason held various financial analyst positions at Hewlett Packard, and was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton for a variety of companies in the communications, media and technology industries.
Jason holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in finance from Colorado State University, where he attended as a Boettcher Scholar and graduated summa cum laude, #1 in his class. In 2013, Colorado State recognized Jason as a distinguished alumnus.
Jason was a Board member of Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit focused on changing the culture of youth sports in the United States.
Jason was born in Colorado, graduated from a rural high school in a class of 21 students. He has been happily married for 17 years and has 3 children (ages 16, 14, 11). Jason is an avid cyclist and occasional triathlete -- he completed Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in 2012. In true geek fashion, he can solve a Rubik's cube in under 3 mins.