Bentley Motors Announced The Change of its Chief Designer

Bentley Motors announced the change of its chief designer: the German Stefan Sielaff, who held this position for the last six years, resigned of his own free will at the end of 2020, from March 1, 2021, another German, Andreas Mindt. But here the most interesting thing is where Zilaff goes – to the Chinese Geely!

Zilaff is 59 years old, he started his career in 1984 at Audi, in the early 90s Stefan was one of the leading interior designers for Audi and Volkswagen cars. In 1997, he became the head of the Audi design center. In 2003, he moved to competitors – Mercedes-Benz. However, in 2006 he returned to Audi and headed the brand’s design division under the leadership of Walter de Silva.

Bentley Chief Designer Stefan Zilaff was appointed in 2015. He succeeded Luc Donckerwolke, who then moved to Hyundai-Kia (he left the Koreans in 2020).

Automotive News reported that the former Bentley chief designer had resigned to join Geely. As a reminder, Geely is one of the largest car holdings in China, it also owns Volvo Cars, Lotus, Proton and Polestar.

According to unofficial information, the current head of Geely’s design department, Peter Horbury, will retire (he will turn 71 on January 27). Horbury himself held a similar position at Volvo Cars until 2012.

Under Zilaff’s leadership, several of Bentley’s latest models have been styled, notably the Continental coupe and third-generation Flying Spur sedan.

Andreas Mindt, who will become Bentley’s new chief designer, has been with the Volkswagen Group for 25 years. In recent years, he was the chief exterior designer for Audi, in particular responsible for the styling of the Audi Q8 coupe-crossover and the e-tron series electric vehicle. One of Mindt’s challenges is to create the style of Bentley’s executive electric vehicles.

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