The next phase of the Tesla master plan undoubtedly takes the company beyond Model III, and probably beyond Musk’s stint as CEO. He’s been hinting for years that upon volume production of Model III, he may step aside: “Nobody is CEO of a company forever. Eventually they carry you out. In my case, it is quite difficult to be CEO of two companies.”
This doesn’t mean he’s leaving Tesla entirely. It means someone else will have the privilege of sleeping on the factory floor and unraveling dipshitted news stories.