FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands.
It will be Duerheimer's second stint at Britain-based Bentley and France-based Bugatti. In February 2011, he took the helm at both brands for 19 months, succeeding retiring chief Franz-Josef Paefgen.
Duerheimer will replace Wolfgang Schreiber, who is moving to another management position within the VW Group, VW said in a statement today
Duerheimer, 55, quit Audi last year following criticism by senior managers at VW group who were concerned that the premium brand was losing momentum. He will take up the roles of chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors and president of Bugatti Automobiles on June 1.
Duerheimer began his career at BMW in 1986, later moving to Porsche where he rose to head of research and development. He was instrumental in the launches of the Porsche Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan.