Fisker Automotive Loses its Founder over Management Rifts

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Founder and exec­u­tive chair­man Hen­rik Fisker has said it would have been “wrong to stay” at lux­u­ry plug-in hybrid mak­er Fisker Auto­mo­tive. His depar­ture last week was due to sev­er­al major dis­agree­ments he’s had with the cur­rent exec­u­tive man­age­ment about the company’s busi­ness strat­e­gy. Soon after he left his posi­tion with the com­pa­ny, Fisker Auto­mo­tive thanked him for his work, but said his depar­ture “is not expect­ed to impact the Company’s pur­suit of strate­gic part­ner­ships and financ­ing.”

While details haven’t been released, Fisker has like­ly been in con­flict with CEO Tony Posawatz, who not long ago played an impor­tant role as a devel­op­ment exec­u­tive for the Chevro­let Volt. Dan­ish design­er Fisker was rec­og­nized for being tops in his field in recent years at BMW, Ford, and Aston Mar­tin – and it seemed to make sense to start up the new com­pa­ny in 2007 under his name. His depar­ture is anoth­er blow for a com­pa­ny that’s expe­ri­enced a long string of crises in the past year. Con­sumer Reports has had prob­lems with a Fisker Kar­ma bat­tery pack dur­ing a test­ing expe­ri­ence and had more crit­i­cism of the car lat­er in 2012. The com­pa­ny has been entan­gled with the bank­rupt­cy of its lithi­um-ion bat­tery sup­pli­er A123 Sys­tems. Anoth­er blow was los­ing sev­er­al Kar­mas at a New Jer­sey port dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Sandy.

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