Bentley Motors has confirmed the appointment of Adrian Hallmark as its new Chairman and CEO. Hallmark is to replace Wolfgang Dürheimer who is to retire from his role at both Bentley Motors and Bugatti, where he is being replaced by Stephan Winkelmann.
Hallmark, 55, joins Bentley from Jaguar Land Rover, where he held the role of Global Strategy Director. He brings more than 18 years of automotive board level experience from the US, Europe and Asia with Porsche, Volkswagen, SAAB and Bentley Motors (where he was Board Member for Sales, Marketing and PR).
Commenting on the new appointment, Matthias Müller, Chief Executive Officer of the Volkswagen Group, said “I am delighted to welcome Adrian Hallmark back to the Volkswagen Group, and back to Bentley Motors. He brings a wealth of international automotive experience coupled with a deep understanding of the Bentley brand and I am confident he will lead this extraordinary British company to even greater success.”
Three other senior Board Members for Engineering; Sales and Marketing; and People, Digitalisation and IT have been appointed as well. Dr. Werner Tietz, 54, will become Member of the Board for Engineering, joining from Porsche where he held the role of Vice President Body & Trim Engineering.
Chris Craft, 58, becomes Board Member for Sales and Marketing, succeeding Dr. Andreas Offermann, 60. Offermann has enhanced the dealer network, accelerated new luxury mobility services and overseen Bentley’s record sales year. Prior to this appointment, Craft led Porsche Great Britain as Managing Director.
Dr. Astrid Fontaine, 48, previously Vice President of Human Resources, Culture and Innovation at Porsche North America, will become Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT.