AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Chrysler says its president and vice chairman, Tom LaSorda, is leaving the automaker immediately.

LaSorda said Thursday when Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that he planned to retire, but a date wasn’t set. Chrysler announced Friday that the 54-year-old’s retirement will be immediate.

The company didn’t name a successor.

LaSorda joined Chrysler in 2000 and was the company’s top manufacturing executive. Before starting at Chrysler, he worked at General Motors Corp. in several roles, including heading its European unit, Opel.

Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli has said he will step down when Chrysler’s bankruptcy is complete. The company plans to emerge from court protection in 30 to 60 days.


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