TOKYO — Luc Donckerwolke, the cosmopolitan Belgian designer who overhauled styling at Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, is leaving the Hyundai Motor Group for personal reasons.
Donckerwolke's resignation is effective April 29, according to an internal note obtained by Automotive News.
His next career moves were unclear.
Donckerwolke joined South Korea's biggest automaker from Volkswagen Group in 2015 to lead design at the Hyundai and Genesis brands. He expanded that portfolio in 2018 to become chief design officer of the entire Hyundai Motor Group, taking over the Kia marque as well.
"It's been an honor and privilege to contribute to the shaping of the future of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis," Donckerwolke, 54, said in the statement. "Their audacious and progressive attitude has allowed me to push the boundaries and challenge the status quo."
Hyundai Motor Group will not name a successor as chief design officer for the entire group. Instead, SangYup Lee will continue in his role as head of design for the Hyundai and Genesis brands, while Karim Habib will remain at the helm of Kia after being poached from Infiniti last year.
Peter Schreyer, the German designer who was hired away from the Volkswagen Group and catapulted Hyundai design into global prominence, remains at the carmaker. He is president of design management, though he has stepped back from daily involvement of studios.
Like Schreyer, Donckerwolke joined the Hyundai Motor Group from the VW Group, where he oversaw the Bentley, Lamborghini and Seat brands in addition to designing for Audi.