Claudio Domenicali, currently General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors at Ducati Motor Holding, has been named as the successor to CEO Gabriele Del Torchio, who is to leave the company for 'new professional challenges'.
That will be as Chief Executive Officer of troubled Italian airline Alitalia.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG and Board of Directors of Ducati Motor Holding, praised the work of Del Torchio, who has spent six years at the top of Ducati:
“Del Torchio guided Ducati out of an economically difficult phase, back to a successful growth path and to the top of the worldwide segment of premium performance motorcycles. For that achievement, we express our gratitude on behalf of all Audi and Ducati employees and wish him all the best in his future tasks.”
“I look back on six intensive, exciting and successful years,” commented Del Torchio in response to Rupert Stadler's best wishes in his farewell speech to the company. “It was an intense experience which will remain an unforgettable memory. I leave Ducati in the knowledge that I have helped to place the company on a path of growth and strength.”
New CEO Domenicali joined Ducati as a project leader in 1991. He had previously studied mechanical engineering at Università degli Studi di Bologna.
After passing through various management positions, he was promoted to Managing Director of Ducati Corse in 1999. In 2005, he took over as R&D Director and in 2009 was appointed General Manager Operations and Product Development.
In 2012, he was confirmed as a member of the newly formed Board of Directors after the sale of Ducati Motor Holding to Audi AG.
“Domenicali knows Ducati and the motorcycle business more than anyone. He embodies continuity and Ducati's values in an exceptional manner,” stated Audi CEO Stadler.