MUNICH -- Audi confirmed that its chief designer, Wolfgang Egger, will move to Italdesign Giugiaro, where he will become the design house's styling director on Feb. 1, 2014.
His successor at Audi will be Marc Lichte, 44, who is currently in charge of exterior design for the Volkswagen brand, Audi said in a statement.
The statement confirms reports about the personnel moves in the German media earlier this month.
Egger, 50, was appointed Audi's design chief in May 2007. Cars conceived by Egger that won international awards last year include Audi's A6 sedan for its expressive design language and the A3 compact for interior and exterior designs. Before joining Audi, Egger held positions at Fiat's Alfa Romeo and Lancia brands.
Lichte was responsible for the design of the latest-generation VW Golf.
Audi's technical development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said in the statement: “In his work, Marc Lichte places emphasis on expressing the core values of the brand in emotional form and with maximum quality. With a view to Audi’s core competencies such as the quattro drive system and intelligent lightweight construction, that will be an important element of his work.”
Turin-based Italdesign is a subsidiary of Audi and employs about 950 people. The design house is a "creative think tank" for all VW Group brands. It also provides services to external clients through its Industrial Design unit.