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New Tesla director Larry Ellison is a friend of Elon Musk. Will he stand up to the mercurial CEO?

SAN FRANCISCO — Big decisions at Tesla tend to spark controversy. That was the case Friday, when the company named Oracle’s Larry Ellison to its board of directors.

Ellison was one of two “independent” directors required to be added to Tesla’s board as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk. Also named was Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, who heads human resources at Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Musk got into trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission in early August for tweeting he had “funding secured”

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