Bentley announces Luc Donckerwolke as new
director of Design
Crewe - Bentley Motors today announces Luc
Donckerwolke as its new Director of Design. Mr Donckerwolke succeeds
Dirk van Braeckel who moves to Volkswagen Group design directed by
Walter de Silva.
Mr Donckerwolke joins Bentley from his
role as Head of Advanced Design for Volkswagen Group. He began his
career as an exterior designer at Audi in 1992 and has subsequently
worked for a range of other Volkswagen group brands including
Lamborghini, SEAT and Skoda. His work at Lamborghini includes the
award-winning designs of the Murcielago and Gallardo.
Walter de Silva said:
“Luc Donckerwolke brings a wealth of
design talent to Bentley. His extensive experience makes him the ideal
person to take forward Bentley’s future design language, at a time when
the company has significant plans for new models.”
“I would like to thank Dirk van Braeckel
for the significant contribution he has made to Bentley. He has overseen
the evolution of the Bentley brand and the development of the new
generation Continental family and the flagship Mulsanne. I look forward
to him joining the team at Volkswagen Group design.”
Luc Donckerwolke studied industrial
engineering and transportation design and joined the Volkswagen Group in
1992. He began as an exterior designer at Audi before moving to Škoda in
1994 to take charge of coordinating exterior design. Donckerwolke
returned to Audi in 1996 to head the exterior design department at the
Munich design studio, subsequently becoming studio director in
Ingolstadt. In 1998 he joined the Group's Lamborghini brand as design
project manager and was appointed Head of Design at Lamborghini in 2003.
He became Director of Design at SEAT in 2005.