Stephan Winkelmann has been confirmed as president and CEO of Lamborghini from the start of December 2020, while retaining his role as president of Bugatti.

Winkelmann, who headed up Lamborghini from 2005 to 2016, takes over from Stefano Domenicali, who will become CEO of Formula 1 in 2021. In 2016, Winkelmann took the top job at Audi Sport, before joining Bugatti as president at the start of 2018. He now returns to Lamborghini.

“Stephan Winkelmann has decisively shaped the history of Lamborghini,” says Markus Duesmann, chairman of the board of management of Audi, which controls the Italian firm. “No one else stands more clearly for the Lamborghini brand, and he is exactly the right person to lead this unique brand into a successful future.”

“In the name of the whole management board of Audi, I would like to thank Stefano Domenicali for his superb achievements and his dedication to Lamborghini. In the past four years, he has shaped the transformation of the brand and pushed it ahead. We wish him every success in his new role as CEO of Formula 1,” Duesmann added.

Berlin-born Winkelmann said he saw it as a “great honour and pleasure” to lead these “two unique companies with their extraordinary automobiles”.

“I am looking forward to the new challenge. Bugatti stands for the best, most powerful, elegant and luxurious hyper sportscars in the world. Lamborghini is the iconic expression of the most exclusive super sportscars demonstrating outstanding design and innovation. Our creativity in both companies is by no means finished and the world is assured some surprises.”

Domenicali described Lamborghini as an “extraordinary organisation”.

“I am very attached to the women and men of Lamborghini. Together we achieved incredible goals, breaking record after record. I leave at a high point for the company, knowing that the solid long-term strategy put in place assures a continued bright future for the brand.

“I thank Audi and the Volkswagen Group for their continued support during these years of collaboration. Automobili Lamborghini was an exceptional experience for me, both personally and professionally. It has been a true privilege and I wish Stephan Winkelmann great success in leading this fantastic brand,” Domenicali said.