Earlier this year, Adrian Hallmark was appointed to the position of executive director of Saab's global sales efforts. After just seven months on the job, reports are that he has resigned to take a position with Jaguar as the Global Brand Director, effective December 1. Hallmark had taken his position at Saab just two months after the company was purchased by Spyker Cars, from General Motors. Hallmark had held top management positions with Porsche, Bentley and Volkswagen prior to joining Saab.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, and while it's likely that Tata-owned Jaguar was able to offer Hallmark a bigger compensation package, it may also be a red flag about what is going on behind the scenes at Saab. The Swedish automaker is rebuilding its image and its finances after a few down years with GM, and unless Hallmark just wasn't working out in his still-new seat, this move can't bode well for Saab.
[Sources: SaabsUnited, Automotive News – sub. req.]