Andreas Mindt is to succeed Stefan Sielaff, who has left Bentley after nearly six years to pursue other opportunities. “With more than 25 years of automotive design experience, all within the Volkswagen Group, Mindt was most recently Head of Exterior Design for Audi. In this six-year period, he oversaw the exterior design evolution of the breadth of the Audi model range, and the launch of the premium SUV coupé, the Audi Q8, and the e-tron, Audi’s very first full-electric production model”, said Bentley.

Prior to Mindt’s time with Audi, he spent over 15 years as a key part of the Volkswagen design department at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, where he worked on leading projects for a number of Group brands and a first experience of Bentley designing the exterior of the iconic 1999 showcar, the Bentley Hunaudières.

Working at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, UK, Mindt will lead a team of approximately 50 design experts with responsibility for the exterior, interior and colour and trim design for the full current and future Bentley product portfolio, concept and showcars. He will report to Dr Matthias Rabe, Bentley’s Board Member for Engineering.