Ducati’s CEO Gabriele Del Torchio moves on and is replaced by general manager Claudio Domenicali.
Rumours were confirmed today that Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio has left the company. He will be succeeded by current general manager Claudio Domenicali, who has been with the Italian firm since 1991.
“Gabriele Del Torchio has guided Ducati along a successful growth path in recent years,” said Audi CEO Rupert Stadler in a press release. Audi AG bought Ducati last year.
Domenicali has occupied various managerial positions at the company, including project leader, managing director of Ducati Corse, R&D director general manager of operations and product development. In 2012, after the sale of Ducati to Audi, he became a member of the board of directors.
“Domenicali knows Ducati and the motorcycle business more than anyone,” said Stadler. “He embodies continuity and Ducati’s values in an exceptional manner.”
Del Torchio had been recently courted by the ailing Italian airline Alitalia, where he was appointed CEO Thursday in hopes of turning the company’s fortunes around.