Former Ferrari F1 boss to head-up Lamborghini as CEO, while Stephan Winkelman moves to Audi
Lamborghini’s previous CEO Stephan Winkelman moves on to new challenges at Audi, Former Ferrari F1 team boss Stefano Domenicali will take over the role, officially becoming President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini on March 15.
F1 fans will recognise Dominicali from his days as team principal at Scuderia Ferrari, although this was preceded by almost 20 years of experience at the company in various positions. Taking over from Jean Todt in 2008, his tenure lasted until 2014 when he resigned his position, shortly moving over to a position in Audi’s Italian operation.
Domenicali commented: ‘I am very excited to be taking on the challenges of this great legacy. It is now my duty to continue the successes that my predecessor Stephan Winkelmann achieved for Automobili Lamborghini.’
After more than ten years at the helm, Winkelman leaves behind a fantastic legacy. Sales figures have doubled, turnover has almost tripled, while the dealer network has grown to 135 dealers in 50 countries. Winkelman also managed to get the go-ahead for Lamborghini’s third model line, the SUV Urus, which is scheduled to go on sale in 2018.
Winkelmann said: ‘I have been responsible for Lamborghini for a significant period of time in its history, and in the process have always aimed to use the brand's potential to achieve very ambitious goals. Lamborghini's key corporate data displays continual, profitable growth with a focus on the development of new products, new processes, and many other corporate sectors.’
A position at the top of Quattro GmbH holds new challenges for Winkelman, as he replaces former boss Heinz Hollerweger, who is retiring after 40 years with Audi.