Gunnar Brunius, head of manufacturing and purchasing, leaves Saab after 30 years

Article by Christian A., on November 3, 2011

After 30 years with Saab, its head of purchasing and manufacturing Gunnar Brunius has resigned from the automaker to be a part of the aircraft components manufacturer Volvo Aero AB, which is based in the automaker's home city of Trollhatten in western Sweden. Brunius' resignation comes less than a week after two Chinese companies agreed to purchase Saab -- possibly saving the company from bankruptcy.

His resignation also comes at a time when the automaker should rebuild relations with components suppliers while it intends to resume operations, which have been stopped since April due to lack of money.

The CEO of European automotive suppliers association CLEPA, Lars Holmqvist, commented that the loss of Brunius would make the task of returning to normal production levels harder because Brunius is familiar with the automaker "inside out and he is respected."

Holmqvist further told Automotive News Europe that "it would have been better for the moment quite clearly" if Brunius had stayed. However, he also mentioned that his members are willing to cooperate with the successor of Brunius to help relaunch the automaker's output if they are paid in cash what the company owed them.

The suppliers are owed at least 150 million euros. The automaker's administrator has claimed that the new owners will honor this in full. The automaker also stated that the position held by Brunius will be split between Kjell-Ake Eriksson and Goran Ejbyfeldt.

Eriksson will be responsible for the purchasing tasks while continuing his position as executive director of purchasing. On the other hand, Ejbyfeldt will be responsible for manufacturing, in addition to his current role as executive director of quality, environment and IT. [source: Autonews]

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