The chairman and managing director of Holden in Australia and New Zealand Gerry Dorizas has suddenly resigned.
As AAP reports, Greek-born Dorizas only started in the role in March this year. In that time, he has been overseeing the closure of Holden’s manufacturing operations, which is set to occur by the end of 2017.
Dorizas has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive sector. He joined Volkswagen AG in 2007 and was appointed president and CEO of the Volkswagen Group Japan. In 2012, he became president and CEO of Volkswagen Group Sales India.
Holden said in a statement that Dorizas is leaving the company immediately “to pursue other opportunities".
"General Motors is 100 per cent committed to the Holden brand and its long term success in Australia," Australia, General Motors executive vice president Stefan Jacoby said.
"The foundation has been built to transform GM Holden in Australia and we are determined to maintain momentum to continue to push towards our strategic objectives."
According to News.com.au, the sudden resignation shouldn't affect the auto maker’s shutdown or redundancy payments to any of its employees.
A replacement for Dorizas will now be sought. In the meantime, Holden Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Jeff Rolfs, will serve as interim managing director.
Rolfs has worked for parent company General Motors for 22 years but only arrived at Holden six months ago.