Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S has announced that Volkswagen group veteran Stephan Winkelmann will be taking over as President of the company from Wolfgang Dürheimer, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Dürheimer is 59 years old and is retiring at his own request.
Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group: ”I accept Wolfgang Dürheimer’s wish to retire. I sincerely thank him for the outstanding work he has done in various positions in the Volkswagen Group over 18 years. At Bugatti he successfully completed the era of the Veyron and, with the development of the Chiron1, he has opened an exciting new chapter for the brand.”
“With Stephan Winkelmann, a proven expert in sports cars and the luxury sector is coming to Bugatti”, continues Matthias Müller. “I am convinced that Stephan Winkelmann will use his many years of experience in these fields as well as his sense of dealing with an exclusive clientele and his deep understanding for brands to bring new momentum to Bugatti’s further development and to lead this special brand into a sustainable future.”
Winkelmann is making the move from his position as head of Audi Sport GmbH, which he has headed for a year, after moving there from Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A which he headed for 11 years.