Just months before launching a redesigned Continental GT -- the car that revived the Bentley brand and ushered it into the 21st century with the resources of the Volkswagen Group -- Bentley Motors is planning a major shake-up of its executive ranks.
Wolfgang Durheimer will step down as CEO of Bentley effective February 1, 2018; he will be succeeded by Adrian Hallmark, former global strategy director at Jaguar Land Rover.
Bentley's board members for engineering, sales and marketing, and human resources will also step down, effective January 1, 2018.
The announcement came Friday from Bentley's headquarters in Crewe, England.
Durheimer, 59, will stay on at the VW Group to assist with the automaker's motorsports efforts. It's a fitting culmination to a career that oversaw the development of two generations of the Porsche 911, the Bugatti Chiron and the Porsche Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.
An engineer by trade, Durheimer joined Porsche in 1999, a decade before VW Group bought a controlling stake in the sports car brand. He became Bentley's CEO in 2011, moved to Audi in 2012 and returned to Bentley in 2014.