Henrik Fisker quits Fisker Automotive in dispute with management
Henrik Fisker, the former BMW designer who co-founded Fisker Automotive, has resigned from the plug-in hybrid car maker, citing discord with company executives.
Fisker, who has been executive chairman for the past 13 months, wrote in an e-mail that the main reasons for his departure were “several major disagreements” with “Fisker Automotive executive management on the business strategy.”
The company hasn’t produced a car since last summer and is in desperate need of capital to launch a new model. Fisker Automotive reportedly has been talking to Chinese investors.
Fisker, 49, confirmed his resignation in a phone interview today.
“I’m proud of having brought the first luxury plug-in hybrid to market under my leadership,” Fisker said in an email interview later Wednesday with Automotive News. “Despite the difficulties, and setbacks, more than many big car companies have to face, Fisker Automotive tackled the issues head on and managed to sell more than 2,000 cars to date.”
While seeming disappointed that his resignation was necessary, he still is proud of the company, describing as “amazing [how] the small Fisker Automotive team has performed from inception to the full-scale commercialization of the Fisker Karma.
Tony Posawatz, who became president and CEO of the company in August, said this morning that he had just been made aware of the resignation. Posawatz previously was vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
Asked how the company was faring, Posawatz said, “We’re in the midst of some serious negotiating.”
2012 Fisker Karma EC EVer (Image from Wikipedia)
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Edit, (5th April 2013): Fisker laid off 75 of its workforce, see article: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130405/OEM05/130409918/fisker-lays-off-majority-of-its-employees-amid-financial-woes&cciid=email-autonews-blast