Wolfgang Dürheimer, the Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Porsche AG, has been appointed
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors and President and Chief Executive Officer of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. with effect from February 1, 2011.
Mr Dürheimer started out with BMW in 1986 as product manager and also Head of Product Development in the motorcycle division.
In 1999, Mr. Dürheimer moved to Porsche, taking management responsibility for the iconic 911 product line. Since 2000 he has been a Member of the Board responsible for Research and Product Development.
The Chairman of Volkswagen AG, Professor Dr Martin Winterkorn said:
“Wolfgang Dürheimer personifies the outstanding technical competency of Porsche. He will bring this expertise and his experience to Bentley and Bugatti, helping it maintain its leading position within the luxury segment.”
Mr Dürheimer will succeed the current head of Bugatti, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, who is retiring.
Dr. Paefgen has a gleaming career in the motor industry, which began with the Volkswagen group in 1980.
In 1995 he became a member of the Audi board of management with responsibility for technical development, before being promoted to vice chairman in 1997 and chairman in 1998. In the same year, he also became president and CEO of Lamborghini S.p.A.
Since 2002, he has been chairman of Bentley Motors Ltd, and in December 2003 also became CEO of Bugatti Engineering Ltd, where he was responsible for the development of the Veyron 16.4.
In March 2007, Paefgen was appointed president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. (based in Molsheim, France) and chairman of Bugatti International S.A. (based in Luxembourg).
Bugatti is currently rolling out the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport which has set a new land speed record.