From the official Press Release:
Wolfgang Josef Egger (44) will become Audi Group Head of Design on
1 May 2007. Egger will thus be succeeding Walter Maria de’Silva, who took
over as Head of Design at the Volkswagen Group on 1 February 2007.
Wolfgang Egger (Source: AlfaSport.net)
“In refilling this position, the company with the four rings is strengthening its independence in matters of design and is thereby confirming the significance of this Audi core competence”, commented Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at AUDI AG.
Egger’s appointment means that the Audi Group design team is again complete.
The Audi brand Design department is headed by Stefan Sielaff, who was appointed to this position in March 2006.
About Wolfgang Egger
Wolfgang Josef Egger was born on 13 February 1963 in Oberstdorf, Germany.
After completing his school-leaving exams in Sonthofen, he studied Design at the International College of Arts and Sciences in Milan, Italy. In 1989 he graduated as an industrial designer.
Egger began his professional career in 1989 in the Design department at Alfa Romeo. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Designer.
In 1998 he became Chief Designer at Seat, where he was able to input his personal style in, for example, the Seat Ibiza, Cordoba and Altea.
In 2001, W. J. Egger was appointed Head of Design at Lancia. In the same year, however, he returned to Alfa Romeo as Chief Designer. Among the cars developed by Alfa Romeo under his direction were the Nuvola Concept, 156, 166, 147 and the 8C Competizione.
May 1st 2007, Egger will succeed Walter Maria de Silva as Head of Audi Group Design. He will be responsible for the Audi and Lamborghini brands.