The chief executive of struggling US car company General Motors – Rick Wagoner – has agreed to step down.
He will leave his post immediately at the request of the White House, a government official confirmed.
President Barack Obama is preparing to outline terms for offering more help to GM and fellow car giant, Chrysler.
The two firms have already received $17.4bn (£14.4bn) in bail-outs. Chrysler has requested a further $5bn while GM says it needs $16.7bn more.
Fritz Henderson, the GM president and chief operating officer, will replace Mr Wagoner.