The new chief designer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Bentley Motor Cars has spent the past five years designing $10,000 Skodas.
Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech has shifted Belgian Dirk van Braeckel from VW's downmarket subsidiary in the Czech Republic, where he has been the top stylist since 1994, to its maker of $300,000 superluxury cars in Crewe, England.
VW acquired Rolls-Royce and Bentley last summer but will hand Rolls over to BMW in 2003.
Rolls-Royce chief stylist Graham Hull, who designed the Silver Seraph, will report to van Braeckel.
Skoda's top interior designer, Hanna Ferrada, moves with him to Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
Van Braeckel, 41, was sponsored as a student by Ford Motor Co. at the Royal College of Art in London.
He went to work for Volkswagen Group when no Ford job was offered.
At Audi, van Braeckel helped design the A3, A4 and Cabriolet.
The move surprised some industry observers but doesn't worry VW.
Said a Volkswagen source: 'As long as the design of future Bentleys reflects the core brand values, it does not matter where the designer has worked before.'