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Before current Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann leaves Sant’Agata Bolognese for Neckarsulm to helm quattro GmbH, he had a few words for the Italian supercar manufacturer’s 1300 employees. “Together we made Lamborghini great,” Winkelmann said, and he’s got a point.
Since taking over in 2005, Winkelmann’s Lamborghini has seen record growth, delivering 3,245 cars in 2015- up from just 1600 during his first year. The number of employees has soared during Winkelman’s tenure, more than doubling with even more coming as Lamborghini lays the groundwork for their first-ever SUV, to be launched in 2018.
Of course, the man taking over is no slouch. As former head of Ferrari’s Formula 1 efforts and current head of the FIA’s Single-Seater commission, Stefano Domenicali brings a wealth of experience that should help Lamborghini to remain competitive for years to come.
Read the full press release below.
Sant’Agata Bolognese – Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Stefano Domenicali, his successor from 15 March, gathered with the 1,300 Lamborghini employees in Sant’Agata Bolognese today with Rupert Stadler, CEO of AUDI AG, and Audi board members also present.
The outgoing president and Lamborghini’s new leader shared legendary moments in Lamborghini’s recent history with employees. Highlights included recent years marked by new records and great successes, while the SUV Urus as a third model will open new horizons in 2018.
Rupert Stadler, CEO of AUDI AG, declared: “The Lamborghini brand is a symbol of great emotion and unlimited passion. You find the same passion in Stephan Winkelmann’s eleven successful years as leader of this company. He has been the president of the Lamborghini turnaround, and thanks to him the company doubled sales and the number of employees, and tripled sales volume and the dealership network. Stefano Domenicali now has all our trust and support to lead along the same path.”
Stephan Winkelmann added: “I’m glad I had the chance to discover such a great team and a unique environment. I sincerely thank all my colleagues, all of you. Together we made Lamborghini great.”
Stefano Domenicali concluded: “I embark on this important inheritance with great enthusiasm, and I believe that together we will continue to grow as successfully as in these last years. Ambitious projects and great expectations lie ahead of us, making Lamborghini even more competitive on international scale.”
At the end of his speech, Stefano Domenicali approached an employee in the audience and borrowed his jacket, the typical uniform in the assembly line, wearing it for the rest of the ceremony as people applauded to him.