Michael-Julius Renz (60) is due to become the new CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. He follows Stephan Winkelmann (53), who will leave at the turn of the year to become president of Bugatti.
He succeeds Stephan Winkelmann as head of Audi Sport GmbH, who will take over as President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. in Molsheim, France, on January 1, 2018. Winkelmann has been CEO at Audi Sport GmbH since March 2016. Before coming to Audi Sport, he was president of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., an Italian subsidiary of Audi, for more than 11 years. “I would like to thank Stephan Winkelmann for his commitment and his successful contribution to the company”, says Audi Chairman of the Board of Management, Stadler.
“He has positioned Audi Sport as an independent and forward-thinking brand, and has made a decisive impact in terms of setting the course for the future growth of the company. Michael-Julius Renz will inherit an excellent legacy.”
Audi Sport GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of AUDI AG based in Neckarsulm, Germany. The brand focuses on development, production and sales of the Audi R and RS models, customer racing, Audi-exclusive vehicle personalisation and the accessories in the Audi collection. Over the last six years, Audi Sport has more than doubled its sales figures, seeing out 2017 as another record year. By 2020, the company will have expanded its range from 11 models to 16. The path towards continued growth is also already set.