WSJ News Exclusive | Elon Musk’s Tesla Asked Law Firm to Fire Associate Hired From SEC

A partner at law firm Cooley LLP got an unexpected call late last year from a lawyer for one of the firm’s most famous clients, Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc., with an ultimatum. The world’s richest man wanted Cooley, which was representing Tesla in numerous lawsuits, to fire one of its attorneys or it would lose … Read more

Meet the Marketing Exec Who’s Been Making Her Mark at Apple, Uber and Netflix

In Personal Board of Directors, top business leaders talk about the people they turn to for advice, and how those people have shaped their perspective and helped them succeed. Previous installments from the series are here. In summer 2020, Bozoma Saint John landed a dream job as chief marketing officer of Netflix Inc. The streaming … Read more

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski Is Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times

CHICAGO—McDonald’s Corp. Chief Executive Chris Kempczinski is starting the year at the helm of one of the world’s most recognizable restaurant brands battling the latest coronavirus variant, rising inflation and workforce shortages. Longer term, he is trying to figure out how to maintain growth at a company whose products feel outdated to many young consumers … Read more

Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Accepting Dogecoin for Some Merchandise

Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. TSLA -6.75% is accepting payment for some merchandise with dogecoin, a return for the electric-vehicle maker to acceptance of digital currencies for some payments. The Tesla chief executive said in an early Friday tweet, “Tesla merch buyable with Dogecoin.” The company’s website showed some items, including one labeled a “Giga … Read more

Microsoft Board to Review Company’s Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Policies

Microsoft Corp.’s board of directors on Thursday said it would review the company’s sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies and unveil a summary of the results of past investigations into how the company handled allegations against company executives, including co-founder Bill Gates. The software company’s board is taking this action in response to an unexpected … Read more

Facebook Owner Meta Names DoorDash CEO Tony Xu to Board

Facebook FB 1.92% parent Meta Platforms Inc. appointed DoorDash Inc. DASH 7.64% Chief Executive Tony Xu to its board of directors, adding outside executive experience to a group that has been criticized for its lack of independence. Mr. Xu’s appointment Tuesday is the first change to the board since the company rebranded itself as Meta … Read more

Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida to Resign

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said he would resign from the central bank on Friday, two weeks before his term on the central bank’s board is set to end. His resignation follows questions raised over financial transactions he conducted at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed announced Mr. Clarida’s resignation on Monday … Read more

McKinsey’s Top Executive Wants to Change How the Firm Operates

Bob Sternfels took over as McKinsey & Co.’s global managing partner in July at a difficult moment for the consulting giant. The company’s former leader, Kevin Sneader, had failed to win re-election to a second term amid internal dissatisfaction with his handling of a series of crises that he inherited. It was the first time … Read more

The Crowd That Lifted Up Eventbrite’s CEO

Attending a Star Trek convention while working on a documentary series showed Julia Hartz the power of live events. The experience became the inspiration for ticketing company Eventbrite, which she started with her fiancé and another founder. Their goal was to make gatherings easier for event organizers and attendees. Now that model is being tested … Read more