Seal to replace Durheimer as head of Bentley

Jaguar Land Rover’s global strategy director Adrian Hallmark has been appointed president and chief executive of Bentley, replacing Wolfgang Dürheimer.

Dürheimer, 59, is retiring after his second season in charge of the British firm, one of three roles that have remained inside of the Volkswagen Group. Dürheimer retained the function of advising the VW Group in their motorsport projects.

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Hallmark, 55, was previously Bentley board member for sales, marketing, and public relations, before moving to JLR. He has also worked for Porsche, Volkswagen, and Saab. Seal will begin his new position on February 1, 2018. Sign of identity is that it understands to the left JLR on Thursday, October 5.

During Dürheimer’s time at Bentley, has pushed the growth of the brand, including the launch of the Bentayga SUV and a return to racing with the Continental GT3.

VW Group boss Matthias Müller said: “Wolfgang Dürheimer has had an outstanding career and has launched some of the most important cars that the group has created.”

Bentley has also made three other appointments to its board. Werner Tietz moves above Porsche to the head of engineering, succeeding Rolf Frech. Chris Craft, Porsche GB’s director general, will replace Andreas Offermann sales and marketing chief. Astrid Fontaine, previously at Porsche North America, will be at the forefront of the people, the digitization and the IT. The appointments will enter into force on 1 January 2018.

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