Dispute cited in top Chrysler engineer’s departure

One of Chrysler LLC's top engineers left the company Tuesday because of a dispute with senior managers, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Mike Donoughe was leading the company's effort to develop a new generation of global midsize cars. The person said Donoughe clashed with Peter Arnell, a marketing consultant hired by Chrysler Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Nardelli. The person asked not to be named because Chrysler wasn't publicizing the reason for Donoughe's departure.

Chrysler spokesman David Barnas confirmed Donoughe left the company but wouldn't say whether he resigned or was fired.

"Chrysler denies that the departure had anything to do with a clash with management or with Peter Arnell," the company said in a statement. Detroit News

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