Kevin W. English, 49, chairman, CEO and president of Covisint, the global e-commerce exchange for the automotive industry, today announced his resignation from the company.

Harold R. Kutner, 61, former group vice president, Worldwide Purchasing, General Motors Corporation, today was named chairman and CEO, succeeding English. Bruce Swift, 47, former vice president of purchasing for Ford of Europe, joins Covisint as president and COO.

“In the past year, Covisint has grown from a sound idea to a solid business with a bright future,” said Mr. English. “With the company near profitability, my goals are accomplished. I leave Covisint on solid footing and poised for profitability in the 4th quarter of this year.

“Harold Kutner is a remarkable executive with a long history of accomplishment in the automotive industry, the least of which is his standing as one of the visionaries behind the creation of Covisint,” he said. “Bruce Swift is a well-respected, operations-focused executive who will add incredible value to the management of Covisint.”

“Kevin has done a great job. He has stabilized the company and prepared it for continued growth,” said Harold Kutner, the company’s new leader. “I am anxious to lead the talented executive team Kevin built, and look forward to helping the company grow as it increases its influence in the global automotive industry.

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“All of us at Covisint are appreciative of Kevin’s leadership, his accomplishments, and his sincere concern for the company and its employees,” he said. “We wish him well in his future endeavors, and look forward to his continued support of Covisint.”

Covisint was created in 2000 amid high ambitions to become the auto industry e-commerce standard. However, it has attracted some criticism for being slow to roll out its products and for mistakenly focusing on supply-chain management. It has also failed to attract as many carmakers to join as initially hoped.

Covisint is owned by Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler, Renault-Nissan, Commerce One, Oracle and PSA Peugeot Citroën.