Lotus has confirmed that Dany Bahar has been terminated from his employment as chief executive officer of Lotus with immediate effect.

A press statement issued through Lotus said that the decision was made by the board of Group Lotus plc following the results of an investigation into a complaint made against him by the company’s penultimate holding company, DRB-Hicom Berhad.

Lotus also announced the appointment of Aslam Farikullah as the company’s chief operating officer with immediate effect.

Aslam, aged 51, has over 26 years working experience, most of which was in the automotive industry. He graduated from University of Bath, England with a bachelor of science in engineering. A British permanent resident, Aslam and his English wife of 27 years have three children aged 26, 22 and 16.

Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, group managing director of DRB-HICOM Berhad, and also chairman of Lotus, said: “I would like to assure you that we remain committed to ensure the ongoing and future business operations of the Lotus Group as we take the group to the next level to remain relevant in the global automotive industry. I look forward to bringing mutual benefits to not only DRB-Hicom and Proton Holdings Berhad but also the Lotus Group and its employees as well as contribute to the growth of the British automotive industry.”

See also: COMMENT: Lotus now needs clarity on strategy

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