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Tesla recruits Hiro Mizuno, ex-manager of Japan's $1.5tn pension fund

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Hiromichi (Hiro) Mizuno, the former executive managing director and chief investment officer of Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund, will join Tesla. (Source photos by Reuters)

PALO ALTO, U.S./NEW YORK -- Tesla has brought in Hiromichi Mizuno, a veteran Japanese financier, as a new member of its board of directors and audit committee, according to company regulatory filings made Thursday.

Mizuno previously served as executive managing director and chief investment officer of Japan's $1.5 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund -- one of the world's largest institutional investors -- since January 2015.

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