Borgward appointed Philip Koehn, former director of engineering at Rolls-Royce, as its chief technology officer.
Koehn will oversee Borgward's r&d centers in Beijing, Stuttgart and Silicon Valley and report to President Yang Song, the company said in a statement.
Koehn, 48, has been Rolls-Royce's engineering chief since 2013. In 1999, he joined BMW Group which owns Rolls-Royce and stayed with the automaker until recently, when he was succeeded in the role by Mihiar Ayoubi.
Borgward, once Germany's third-largest automaker, was forced into liquidation in 1961. China’s Beiqi Foton Motor acquired the rights to the Borgward brand in 2014. Foton is a truck subsidiary of state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC Group.
Borgward has developed two gasoline-powered crossovers, the BX7 and BX5. The vehicles are assembled at Foton's renovated auto plant in Miyun, a suburb of Beijing.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report