Aston Martin has hired Tobias Sühlmann as its new chief exterior designer, luring the 39-year-old from the Volkswagen Group.

According to Automotive News Europe, Sühlmann replaces Miles Nurnberger, who has moved up to the position of design director at the Gaydon-based automaker.

Both Sühlmann and Nurnberger will report to Marek Reichman, who holds the position of Aston Martin's chief creative officer.

The Automotive News Europe report says Sühlmann, who grew up near Düsseldorf, has spent his entire career at the Volkswagen Group, leading the design of concepts such as the Volkswagen Sport Coupé GTE of 2015 and T-Prime GTE of 2016, as well as production vehicles like the Arteon and new Touareg.

In 2017, Sühlmann was appointed head of exterior design creative development at Bugatti, a position he held for nine months before moving to Aston Martin.