Aston Martin has recruited Tobias Suehlmann from Volkswagen Group's Bugatti brand as its chief exterior designer.
Suehlmann, 39, succeeds Miles Nurnberger who has been promoted to design director at the British luxury sports-car maker.
Both executives report to Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman.
Suehlmann joins Aston Martin from Bugatti, where he was head of exterior design creative development for the past nine months. He was appointed to replace Sasha Selipanov who joined Hyundai Motor's fledgling Genesis brand's advanced design studio in Frankfurt.
Suehlmann spent his entire professional life at the VW Group. He will now be instrumental in shaping the next generation of vehicles at Aston Martin and its Lagonda nameplate, which is being revived as an all-electric brand.
Suehlmann is credited as the lead designer of the 2015 Volkswagen Sport Coupe GTE and 2016 T-Prime GTE concepts as well as the 2017 Volkswagen Arteon and recently revealed 2019 Volkswagen Touareg production cars.
It is not yet clear who will fill Suehlmann's recently vacated position at Bugatti.
Aston Martin's vehicle sales jumped 58 percent to 5,117 last year, boosted by strong demand for the new DB11 and growth in North America, the UK and China.