Luc Donckerwolke has resigned from his position as executive vice-president and chief design officer at the Hyundai Motor Group.
In his role, Donckerwolke had overseen the "design direction and strategy" of the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands.
According to Automotive News Europe, the Belgian designer resigned with immediate effect for “personal reasons”.
“It’s been an honour and privilege to contribute to the shaping of the future of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis,” Donckerwolke said in a statement.
“Their audacious and progressive attitude has allowed me to push the boundaries and challenge the status quo,” he added.
According to the report, the Korean group has no immediate plans to name a successor, with SangYup Lee continuing to head up design for the Hyundai and Genesis brands, while Karim Habib carries on leading the design charge at Kia. Peter Schreyer, meanwhile, is still president of design management for the Hyundai Motor Group.
Before joining the firm in 2015, Donckerwolke had worked at the Volkswagen Group, where he was involved in the development of the Audi A2 as well as the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo. In 2012, he was appointed head of design at Bentley.
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