Rolf Frech is the new member of the board for engineering at Bentley Motors

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 28, 2011

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.

Press Release


Bentley Motors announced today the appointment of Rolf Frech (53) as its new Board Member for Engineering. Frech joins from Porsche AG where he was Director for Complete Vehicle Engineering and Quality. He succeeds Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, who is to take up the position of Managing Director with the Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA), the German Association of the Automotive Industry.

Frech joined Porsche in 1983 and worked as an engine development engineer before taking responsibility for simulation and testing. Since becoming Porsche’s Director for Complete Vehicle Engineering in 2001, he has been instrumental in the expansion of the Porsche model range including both the Cayenne and Panamera in addition to the sports cars of the Zuffenhausen manufacturer.

Commenting on the appointment, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Rolf Frech to the Bentley team. He brings with him a wealth of experience from Porsche, experience which will help us develop new generations of Bentleys which share the same commitment to performance, quality and engineering excellence. Having worked with him for 12 years I know he will be a real asset to the Company and provide technical leadership to our Design, Engineering and R&D operations.”

Frech said: “I am excited about this new position. Bentley has a long and proud heritage and tradition of performance, design and hand-crafted luxury. It will be my responsibility to develop new ideas and technologies which live up to the expectations of Bentley customers and the achievements of the past.”

Rolf Frech, who is married with two daughters, will take up his new role at Bentley in November 2011.

Dr Ulrich Eichhorn joined Bentley in 2003 as Board Member for Engineering after being Volkswagen Group Director of Research and has played a major role in the revitalisation of the famous Brand. His arrival coincided with the last phase of the development of the ground-breaking Continental GT and his tenure has included the Continentals GTC, Flying Spur and Supersports, the iconic Azure and Brooklands, the all-new Mulsanne and, most recently, the 2nd generation Continental GT and GTC. Dr Eichhorn will join the Association of the German Automobile Industry (VDA).

Commenting on the management change, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said:

“Everyone at Bentley would like to thank Dr Eichhorn for his significant contribution to Bentley Motors as we know it today. All our current products bear his handwriting and we wish him all the best and every success in the future.”

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