BOLOGNA, Italy - Claudio Domenicali will succeed Gabriele Del Torchio as CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, the company announced today.
Domenicali (right) most recently was general manager and a member of the board of directors, and has been with Ducati for more than 20 years.
Del Torchio is leaving the company "to take up new professional challenges," Ducati stated. He was CEO of Ducati for the last six years.
The Ducati announcement included a comment from Del Torchio (shown at Ducati Week, below), stating "I look back on six intensive, exciting and successful years. 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."
"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," said Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi AG and Ducati Motor Holding. "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."
Domenicali joined Ducati in 1991 as a project leader and moved up in the ranks until he eventually became managing director of Ducati Corse in 1999. He was named R&D director in 2005 and then general manager of operations and product development in 2009. He joined Ducati's board of directors in 2012.
The new CEO studied mechanical engineering at the University of Bologna in Italy.
"Domenicali knows Ducati and the motorcycle business more than anyone," Stadler said. "He embodies continuity and Ducati's values in an exceptional manner."
Posted by Mary Slepicka. Images courtesy Ducati.