Opel/Vauxhall's designated new design chief, Dave Lyon, has left parent company General Motors Co. less than a week before taking up the post.
Lyon was due to replace current Opel design boss Mark Adams on Wednesday. GM has appointed Adams as the new global design director for Cadillac and Buick.
An Opel spokesman said today that Lyon is no longer employed by GM. He declined to say why Lyon left the automaker.
Adams will still take up his new post with GM in Detroit but will remain Opel's design boss until a successor is found, the spokesman told Automotive News Europe.
Lyon's departure adds to management turmoil at Opel as the unit struggles to restructure its operations to become profitable amid Europe's slumping car market.
Earlier this month, Karl-Friedrich Stracke stepped down as CEO. He was replaced on an interim basis by Opel management board member Thomas Sedran, who helped GM negotiate the sale of Saab to Spyker Cars while working for consultancy AlixPartners.