Just when you thought the news couldn’t get any worse for Fisker Automotive, co-founder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker announced today that he is leaving the company, effective immediately.
“The main reasons for his resignation are several major disagreements that Henrik Fisker has with the Fisker Automotive executive management on the business strategy,” the company said in a statement sent to media outlets. No other details are forthcoming at the moment.
Henrik Fisker, who made a name for himself designing sports cars for BMW and Aston Martin, co-founded Fisker Automotive in 2007 with Bernhard Koehler. The company successfully launched its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan – a fine automobile by all accounts – but has recently been plagued by a string of disasters, from vehicle fires to floods to media firestorms, capped by the meltdown of its sole battery supplier, A123.
Henrik Fisker yielded the CEO post in February 2012 to Tom LaSorda, who passed the baton to Tony Posawatz in August. Recently the privately-held company has been talking about bringing in new partners and/or investors, and there are rumors that it may end up being taken over by a Chinese firm.
Fisker’s resignation “certainly won’t do the company any favors,” auto industry analyst Ed Kim told Delaware Online. “From a public perspective, it would be taken as a sign of further unrest and some problems if the founder leaves.”
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Sources: Green Car Reports, Delaware Online, Detroit News