The chief executive of Norfolk-based Lotus, Dany Bahar, has been suspended from his role while a complaint into his conduct is being investigated.
Mr Bahar has been running Lotus Group since 2009. The company was bought by a Malaysian firm DRB Hicom earlier this year and the new owners are currently investigating the state of the business while they decide whether or not to sell Lotus on.
Mr Bahar has been temporarily suspended while complaints that arose from that investigation are looked into.
In his absence three representatives from Lotus' parent company, Dato’ Lukman Ibrahim, Mohd Khalid Yusof and Aslam Farikullah will handle the day to day management and affairs of the company.
They will be assisted by Mr Rusman Zaihan and have been authorised to take up these duties during the suspension period.
Lotus employs more than 1,200 people at its base near Wymondham. The company's current owner DRB say that despite Mr Bahar's suspension, it is "business as usual" at Lotus.
A spokesman said: “We fully support the company and will continue to support Lotus in its business endeavours and development.”
– A spokesman for DRB-HICOM Berhad
"The penultimate holding company would like to stress it is business as usual at Lotus.
"We fully support the company and will continue to support Lotus in its business endeavours and development."