Following the appointment of Lamborghini’s longstanding CEO Stephan Winkelmann at Audi’s Quattro division a couple of weeks ago, the Italian supercar marque has since confirmed that its design boss Filippo Perini will also be heading to another Volkswagen Group subsidiary.
Perini will take up the design reins at legendary Italian design firm Italdesign Giugiaro, which in the past year has lost some top designers including its founder Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, as well as former Audi design boss Wolfgang Egger.
Perini certainly has the chops to head Italdesign. Not only is he the person chiefly responsible for the designs of the Aventador and Huracán but also the original 8C Competizione concept car and 159 sedan for Alfa Romeo. He originally graduated in mechanical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano where he also completed a Master's degree in automobile design.
Replacing Perini at Lamborghini will be Mitja Borkert. He studied at Germany’s prestigious Design University of Pforzheim and started his career at Porsche. In 2014, he was placed in charge of exterior design at Porsche where he contributed significantly to the design of production models such as the Macan and 718 Boxster as well as concepts such as the Panamera Sport Turismo and Mission E.
At Lamborghini, Borkert will be responsible for the design of all future models and the coordination of staff at the Lamborghini Centro Stile design center. He will report to Lamborghini's R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani and new CEO Stefano Domenicali.