Carl-Peter Forster has left his job as president of Opel Europe, General Motors has confirmed.
Forster has reportedly left following his disapproval of GM's handling of the sale of Opel/Vauxhall to Magna, which it pulled out of earlier this week.
Magna had long been expected to complete a takeover of Opel along with its Russian funding partner Sberbank, but it had decided instead to keep the European firm citing improved business conditions.
A GM source has reportedly told Automotive News that GM stalwart Bob Lutz will step up his involvement with Opel and chair the firm's supervisory board as it enters a new era of GM ownership.
Lutz, who is already a board member, isn't being lined up for a direct management role - or as a replacement for Forster - but he will the lead the board, which meets three or four times a year and will be responsible for forming and implementing Opel's new restructuring plan. A GM spokesman has dismissed the reports as "speculation" at this point.