Jean-Luc Naret, the director of the Michelin guides, is to leave the organisation.
Naret, who has overseen the company's travel guides for the past six years, will vacate his position at the end of the year. However, he will become a consultant and will continue to advise Michelin, reports the New York Times.
Naret's resignation follows hot on the heels of the UK Michelin guides' editor Derek Bulmer, who left last month to join marketing agency MyJam as a hospitality consultant.
As part of Naret's tenure at Michelin he has overseen the guide's international expansion outside Europe, which has seen the group launch books in the USA and Asia. Michelin now publishes 25 different guides listing hotels and restaurants in 23 countries across three continents.
Separately Michelin has awarded 52 new stars to restaurants in Japan, with the publication of its 2011 guide to Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, which lists a total of 243 starred establishments including 12 with the top accolade of three stars, 46 with two, and 185 with one star.
Three restaurants celebrated winning their second star: Hanamura and Hassun in Kyoto and tempura restaurant Yotaro Honten in Osaka.
A total of 23 restaurants in Japan now hold Michelin's top accolade of three stars, just three fewer than France.
Michelin will publish a number of new guides over the coming months including its first edition of a guide to Chicago.
By Kerstin Kühn
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