Luc Donckerwolke joins Bentley from his role as Head of Advanced Design for Volkswagen Group.
He began his career as an exterior designer at Audi in 1992 and has subsequently worked for a range of other Volkswagen group brands including Lamborghini, SEAT and Skoda.
His work at Lamborghini includes the designs of the Murcielago and Gallardo.
Walter de Silva commented: “Luc Donckerwolke brings a wealth of design talent to Bentley.
“His extensive experience makes him the ideal person to take forward Bentley’s future design language, at a time when the company has significant plans for new models.”
“I would like to thank Dirk van Braeckel for the significant contribution he has made to Bentley. He has overseen the evolution of the Bentley brand and the development of the new generation Continental family and the flagship Mulsanne. I look forward to him joining the team at Volkswagen Group design.”
Luc Donckerwolke studied industrial engineering and transportation design and joined the Volkswagen Group in 1992.
He began as an exterior designer at Audi before moving to Škoda in 1994 to take charge of coordinating exterior design.
Donckerwolke returned to Audi in 1996 to head the exterior design department at the Munich design studio, subsequently becoming studio director in Ingolstadt.
In 1998 he joined the Group’s Lamborghini brand as design project manager and was appointed Head of Design at Lamborghini in 2003. He became Director of Design at SEAT in 2005.