Pierre Gagnon last week bid au revoir to Malcolm Bricklin and Visionary Vehicles LLC, just three months after he was hired.
Gagnon said he quit as COO after Bricklin reneged on key commitments. Bricklin countered that he terminated Gagnon in April.
One problem for Gagnon was that Bricklin now wants Visionary's sales and distribution headquarters in New York, not on the West Coast. Gagnon also said Bricklin broke a "financially based" promise to him. He would not elaborate.
Bricklin said Gagnon "really didn't have startup capabilities" and confirmed that the California-New York issue was a problem. And, he added, he and Gagnon "didn't agree on severance."
Gagnon, 49, a former CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, said he's leaving the auto industry to become CEO of Prompt Care, a Costa Mesa, Calif., company that removes allergens, pathogens and other substances from offices, homes and boats.