In April and again in June, I reported on the developing situation at Group Lotus. This knocked a few noses out of joint at the time, but since then much of what I said was happening has proven to be true, or in the process of coming to pass. There have been some fairly major changes.
There were some comments made at the time about the management of Group Lotus before the recent management took over and Mike Kimberley, who ran the company before that, has sent me message that seeks to set the record straight about what happened.
I think it is entirely reasonable that he should be allowed his say his matter.
“Whilst I no longer have any connection with Lotus, I do feel it necessary to correct some of the major errors in the comments relating to the blog. My responses are all in the public domain already:
“1) I was categorically and publicly/privately not fired for anything related to or concerned with Litespeed/MGI’s budget capped entry or indeed fired for any reason; the truth of the matter is that I resigned due to serious back injury problems directed by my GP and consultant surgeon, which are still with me, and still being treated! I attach a copy of the formal Lotus/Proton press release put out at the time which you will find very clear and which was published worldwide.
“2) “Nicholas” is also very wrong to suggest that I was “not smart in a certain SE Asian company”. I take great exception to the assertion that I do not have the cultural sensitivity required and learned over some 55 years in the international automotive and high technology industry and operating in as many countries. As you know, I was CEO and President of two high profile global brands plus Executive VP of GMOC in Asia Pacific – you do not get to those positions without being very sensitive and extremely culturally aware. I was based in South East Asia for over three years of my career and have very many good friends in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Japan and Korea. I pride myself on being able to do business and conduct professional relationships in any country or region globally. His comments are totally incorrect.
“3) In respect to the proven turnaround at Grand Lotus from May 2006 through to June 2009 with an operating profit in 2008; I would just point out to your correspondent (who tries to belittle the efforts of the dedicated Team at Lotus through that period) that, like anyone who wishes to know the real truth, that he spends a few pounds obtaining the Group’s company results and annual reports for that period from Companies House. QED.”