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Dany Bahar has been suspended from his job as head of Group Lotus, a subsidiary of Proton. The temporary suspension is to facilitate an investigation into a complaint about the ex-Ferrari employee’s conduct, according to Proton’s new owner DRB-Hicom.



“Group Lotus plc (“Lotus”) can today confirm that, following an operational review, chief executive Dany Bahar has been temporarily suspended from his role to facilitate an investigation into a complaint about his conduct made by Lotus’ penultimate parent company, DRB-Hicom Berhad,” the Malaysian company said in a statement.



“The penultimate holding company would like to stress it is business as usual at Lotus. We fully support the company and will continue to support Lotus in its business endeavours and development,” a DRB spokesman told Norwich Evening News.


The statement from DRB confirms speculation about Bahar’s future that arose after he missed appointments at the ongoing Monaco GP weekend (a Lotus Originals store opening, among others). Word went around that the flamboyant Turkish-Swiss was instead summoned to Malaysia, where he was told about the suspension.

With Bahar out of the frame, for now, DRB-Hicom has appointed internal people Datuk Lukman Ibrahim, Mohd Khalid Yusof and Aslam Farikulla to be in charge of Lotus, assisted by current CFO Rusman Zaihan. No official statement on the alleged misconduct by Bahar, so your guess is as good as ours. Dany Bahar joined Lotus from Ferrari in late 2009, famously crafting an ambitious five-year plan for the loss-making company. This plan surfaced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, where Lotus wheeled out five concept cars in a spectacular show. Bahar signed a fresh four-year contract with Proton in December last year, just before the national carmaker was sold to DRB-Hicom. His original contract expires this year.
 

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I think this might be for the best.
Following Lotus for the past few years and watching the changes to the lineup - this feels to be the correct sentiment. I do hope he does well where ever he ends up, even if it is somewhere still with Lotus; I just hope that he isn't the one in charge.

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Bahar was suspended two weeks before the dismissal so that Lotus’ parent company, DRB-Hicom, could conduct a probe into why the firm was losing money. Although no specific reason was given for the dismissal, the Washington Post speculates that it is “likely related to his use of company funds to extensively refurbish his several houses.”
 

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So... they're hiring?

Let's hope he's replaced with someone more competent. He didn't seem to have a grasp of anything. He was blowing money on something but not sure if that was making cars or what.

Oh wait, he used that cash to hire Swizz Beats.
 

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Nice avatar KingNikan.

Swizz Beats GTE looked great to me but it was not worthy of any of the money that was spent on sb... that dude has no business being on the serious side of anything car related.
 

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Behar misbehaved in Monaco at the GP. That pushed DRB-Hircom over the edge. The Indy implosion did not help his case either.
 

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huh interesting thanks for the post
 

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interesting. being a new (to me) lotus owner, i only wish well on the marque. Especially since once of the reasons i pulled the trigger was being so close to a great lotus dealer and Tech (Fox Valley Motorsports)........ which recently closed.

That being said - i hope they get someone in there that brings great things to the lotus brand.
 
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