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Susan Repo

Susan Repo

Tesla Motors, Inc.
Vice President of Global Tax
Palo Alto, CA, USA


Susan is Vice President of Global Tax at Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:  TSLA) headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Susan leads the worldwide tax organization including direct and indirect taxes, transfer pricing, audits and controversy, compliance and global structural tax and legal planning. She also manages the corporate planning and maintenance of Tesla’s international subsidiaries.  Previously, Susan was Senior Director of International Tax at Juniper Networks where she spent six years leading a global tax and legal team in charge of international tax planning initiatives, international corporate governance, transfer pricing and audit controversy.  At Juniper, Susan successfully led and managed an international tax and legal structure initiative that required business changes in all aspects of Juniper’s business.  Prior to Juniper, Susan spent a decade of her legal and tax career at Sanmina-SCI as Director of International Tax and at Agilent Technologies as the APAC Tax Director and Senior International Tax Counsel, respectively.  Susan joined Agilent before the Hewlett Packard spin off of Agilent and spent the beginning of her career at Agilent working on the spin off.  At Agilent, she not only worked on several dispositions of Agilent’s business, but also many acquisitions, financing structures and the international legal structure.  Susan also spent time in Asia leading the tax organization in Northeast Asia and drove government negotiations for incentives for company expansion and greenfield operations in locations like China and Singapore.

Throughout her tax and legal career, Susan has worked extensively in the International tax planning and controversy area specializing in complex mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, supply chain, tax, transfer pricing and customs negotiations with governments in Asia Pacific and Europe.  She has also had experience with implementing several structured financial transactions and international legal structures from a tax perspective. Susan also led several tax controversies with non-US governments to settle favorable outcomes as well as negotiated Advance Pricing Agreements and rulings.  Susan began her tax and legal career with the Ernst & Young and KPMG.

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