The revolving door at General Motors continues to spin ever faster. And designer Dave Lyon is the latest to fly out onto the street.
His unexpected departure was confirmed just as GM announced the “voluntary” termination of global marketing chief Joel Ewanick. But at least a half-dozen other senior executives have either left or been shoved out from the maker’s global empire in recent weeks, including the head of GM’s battery-car program.
The 43-year-old Lyon was considered a rising star within the GM design world and could have firmed up his future in the assignment he was expected to take in the coming days as head of styling for the troubled Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary.
Lyon had already earned a solid reputation for his work on products as diverse as the GMC Acadia Denali and the new Cadillac XTS. He oversaw development of the interior design for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, as well.