Walliser succeeds Adrian Hallmark, who left the company earlier this year, and will take on the roles of Chairman and CEO from July 1.

He joined Porsche in 1995 after studying mechanical engineering with a focus on combustion engines and technology management, and has been with the brand ever since. Since 2022, he has been in charge of overall vehicle development (vehicle architecture and characteristics) at Porsche.

Gernot Döllner, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said: “In Frank-Steffen Walliser, Bentley is getting an experienced engineer with distinct product and technology expertise and entrepreneurial experience who brought brand-defining models to the streets at Porsche, including the Porsche 918 Spyder.

“On Bentley’s ongoing path toward becoming the leading provider in the luxury segment, Frank-Steffen Walliser’s many years of experience and knowledge of the luxury segment will be invaluable.”

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