Lotus has confirmed that Chief Operating Officer Frank Tuch (43) is leaving the firm at the end of July to join the Volkswagen Group.

Commenting on his departure, Group Lotus Chief Executive Officer, Dany Bahar said: “Frank was approached by the Volkswagen Group shortly after agreeing to join Lotus and it was not a consideration for us to stand in his way in pursuing this one-off opportunity. We were able to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with VW which still allows Lotus to continue to benefit from Frank’s considerable experience before his departure. Frank will also continue to work for Lotus as an adviser and we wish him the very best of luck in his new endeavour.”
 
In traffic headed the other way, Lotus also confirmed the appointment of Wolf Zimmermann (49) from Mercedes-AMG.

Zimmermann, the former Managing Director Engineering & Production and Chief Engineer Technical Strategy at Mercedes-AMG GmbH will join the Lotus management team as Chief Technical Officer on 1 September.

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