My university has a co-op program, where students have two quarters in class, and two quarters working full-time in their industry for the middle three years of their five-year programs. At my second co-op, the company's VP of Operations (in charge of the national HQ office I was working in) offered to act as a contact/reference for me (and my fellow co-ops at the company).
It has recently come to my attention that his position at the company was dissolved due to the president/CEO deciding it was no longer needed, and that his duties could be rolled into the other departments. Unfortunately, the only method of contact i had was through his company email/phone number.
Is it a good idea to try and track him down to keep the reference valid, or should I drop it and look for other reference sources? If I should look into finding a new contact method, should I touch base with the company's HR department, and if not ask them to give me his number/email, at least pass a message onto him with my email?