Bentley Motors revealed that 53-year old Rolf Frech has been appointed as Board Member for Engineering. Prior to his appointment, Frech was the Director for Complete Vehicle Engineering and Quality of Porsche AG. He started working for Porsche in 1983 as engine development engineer. After that, he began to take charge of simulation and testing. He later became the Complete Vehicle Engineering by 2001 and played an important role in this brand’s model range expansion with the addition of the Panamera and Cayenne.
Married and with two daughters, Frech will start at Bentley by November 2011. He takes over the position of Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, who is set to become the Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry or Verband der Automobilindustrie. Eichhorn started working with Bentley back in 2003 and Board Member for Engineering. He was previously the Director of Research at Volkswagen Group and played a part in reviving the Volkswagen brand.
When Eichhorn joined Bentley, the company was then in the last stages of developing the Continental GT. As Board Member for Engineering, he was there during the development of the Azure, Brooklands, Flying Spur, Supersports, and GTC. He was also there for the Mulsanne and even the second generation of the GT and GTC. Frech revealed that he is excited on his appointment as Bentley has a long and proud tradition when it comes to design, hand-crafted luxury, and performance. Frech added that he will be tasked with developing new ideas and new technologies that will meet the demands of the brand’s customers and match the achievements of its past.
Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Wolfgang Dürheimer meanwhile shared that he is happy to welcome Frech to the team and with his wide-range of experience working with Porsche, he can help the brand come up with new generation vehicles that remain committed to engineering excellent, performance, and quality.
He added that he has in fact worked with Frech for 12 years and is sure that Frech will be an asset and will deliver technical leadership to Bentley’s Design, Engineering, and R&D divisions. Regarding Dr. Eichhorn, Dürheimer revealed that the company thanks him for his significant contributions. All of the brand’s present products were made possible with his help and the company wishes him the best and success in his future endeavors, he added.