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Charles Morgan dismissal appeal rejected

Sun, 03 Nov 2013

Charles Morgan’s appeal against his dismissal from Morgan Motor Company has been rejected, after the firm’s board of directors chose to uphold the ruling last Friday, 25 October.

In a short statement posted on his personal blog, Charles Morgan outlined, “I have been informed that Morgan has rejected my appeal and, as a result, I have been removed from Morgan Technologies.”

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The former strategy director of the Malvern-based British sports car manufacturer went on to say that “it is incredibly disappointing news.”

Morgan – whose grandfather H.F.S. Morgan founded the company in 1910 – stated, “I have been dismissed on what I believe are very contentious grounds.

“Over the last 12 months it was made increasingly clear that my philosophy to modernise Morgan did not fit with the philosophy of the current management.”

As MSN Cars reported ahead of the appeal, new documents came to light that alleged Mr Morgan had committed four counts of misconduct, citing the reasons for his dismissal.

These claimed acts included posing as company chairman (despite being removed from this position back in February 2013), giving unauthorised support to the Morgan Le Mans team, revealing to Morgan owners that an updated version of its 3 Wheeler was in development, and taking two separate payments for television appearances.

In response, Morgan defended his actions on his blog:

“Morgan’s future cannot rely on its heritage alone. As such, I endeavour to introduce our unique brand to new markets such as China; to take Morgan racing again; and to engage the passion of a new generation using social media, and by doing interesting things such as the Gumball Rally in a 3 Wheeler.”

The eight members of the Morgan Motor Company board – on which Charles’ sister, Gillian Price, sits – chose to dismiss Mr Morgan from his role as strategy director.

Morgan does remain a shareholder in the business, however, but for how long is now in doubt following his comments.

“I remain a major shareholder in the Morgan Motor Company and am concerned for its future. I will take time to consider my next actions and potentially explore other opportunities available to me.”

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