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Exit Lane: Peter Lane has left Holden at a time when the IT department is contracting and his job requirements are changing as the company completes the transition from local manufacturer to national sales organisation.

GM HOLDEN’S chief information officer (CIO) and head of information technology Peter Lane has resigned from his position and left the company after a decade of service for General Motors and its Australian subsidiary.

Mr Lane had been in the top IT job at Holden for a year, stepping up to the role after serving for five years as senior IT manager (customer care and aftersales).

He had spent the previous four years working for GM Europe’s sales and marketing division based in the United Kingdom, initially as business planning manager and later as regional operations manager.

He also served for a year as senior IT manager for GM International’s dealer operations department before returning to Australia to work with Holden.

Prior to working for GM, Mr Lane spent two years as a senior consultant for Capgemini Consulting and four years as a business consultant for Nielsen.

GM Holden has confirmed to GoAuto that Mr Lane left the company last Friday and that there is no interim head of IT in place at this stage.

The company is looking for a replacement internally, with the successful candidate to be announced early next year.

GoAuto understands that the contraction of Holden’s Australian operations with the closure of its manufacturing facilities in October has seen the IT department downsize and the job requirements change as the company becomes a national sales organisation, which prompted Mr Lane to consider his next career move in the IT sector.

By Terry Martin