Remember ex-Lotus CEO Dany Bahar? The sacked exec has filed a claim against Group Lotus and its Malaysian parent DRB-Hicom for wrongful dismissal. Bahar was suspended in May following “a complaint about his conduct” and investigations led to him being sacked in June.
Bahar, 40, is seeking compensation of 6.7 million pounds (RM32.9 million) from Lotus for alleged unlawful early termination of his employment. This was revealed by DRB’s Bursa filing yesterday. The conglomerate’s lawyers in the UK were notified of the claim on August 23, the filing said.
“Dany Bahar was dismissed after an investigation into his stewardship of Lotus. We believe we have acted properly at all times,” DRB said, adding that they and Lotus would “vigorously” oppose and defend the claim. DRB and Lotus will file counter-claims against him, so we’re expecting a courtroom battle that will shed more light on the dismissal.
Bahar, architect of an ambitious five-year plan at Group Lotus, joined the Hethel-based company as CEO in 2009 from Ferrari, where he was a senior vice president. Prior to that, Bahar worked at Red Bull GmbH and Fritz Kaiser Group.