Audi's new European sales chief is former Rolls-Royce executive Fintan Knight, a source familiar with the matter said.
Knight will be responsible for Audi's sales in Europe, excluding Germany, said the source who declined to be named because there has not yet been an official announcement of the move.
Knight left Rolls-Royce in January after nearly three years with the BMW-owned automaker He moved to the ultraluxury brand in 2014 from Infiniti, where he briefly headed up European operations.
Knight, 46, replaces Dominique Boesch, who has held the position of head of sales for Audi in Europe since 2015.
Knight’s new role encompasses, sales marketing, product management and retail for Audi’s European markets outside Germany, the source said.
He will start July 1 after BMW enforced a six-month non-compete clause.
Knight previously worked for Audi for nearly 20 years after joining the Volkswagen Group luxury brand in 1995 in a retail role based in Germany. He rose to the position of managing director of Audi in Ireland, before moving to Audi’s Lamborghini brand in 2011 as commercial director.
Knight was born in Ireland but grew up in Australia. He started out in the automotive business at BMW working for its motorcycle division in Melbourne, Australia.
Knight was replaced at Rolls-Royce by BMW executive Henrik Wilhelmsmeyer, who moved from his position as head of Mini in the Asia-Pacific region.
Audi is embroiled in VW Group's diesel emissions-cheating scandal. Its CEO, Rupert Stadler, was arrested June 18 by German prosecutors to prevent him from obstructing their probe into the rigging of diesel engines.
Audi's European sales including Germany fell 4.7 percent to 360,700 vehicles in the first five months, the automaker said in a statement on June 11. Sales in its German home market were down 7 percent to 129,288.