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French automaker fires chief executive

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  • Christian Streiff replaced with Philippe Varin, currently CEO at Corus
  • Peugeot posted a loss of €343 million, or $456 million, in 2008
  • Peugeot board: "Change in the senior leadership position was necessary"
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(CNN) -- Automaker Peugeot has fired its chief executive, replacing Christian Streiff with Philippe Varin, currently the CEO at Corus, an Anglo-Dutch steelmaker.

Peugeot is Europe's second biggest carmaker

Peugeot is Europe's second biggest carmaker

"Given the extraordinary difficulties currently faced by the automotive industry, the Supervisory Board decided unanimously that a change in the senior leadership position was necessary," said Thierry Peugeot, chairman of the PSA Peugeot Citroen supervisory board Sunday.

"I am confident that under the leadership of Philippe Varin, the Group will be able, with all the teams, to unlock its potential."

Varin will officially take over Peugeot's top post on June 1, but will begin "familiarizing himself" with operations starting next month.

Roland Vardanega, a member of the managing board, will act as interim chairman until Varin assumes his new job.

Peugeot, Europe's second biggest automaker, posted a loss of €343 million, or $456 million, in 2008 and also expects to lose money in 2009.

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