TOKYO — Luc Donckerwolke, the cosmopolitan Belgian designer who overhauled styling at Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, is leaving the Hyundai Motor Group for personal reasons.
Donckerwolke’s resignation is effective April 29, according to an internal note obtained by Automotive News.
His next career moves were unclear.
Donckerwolke joined South Korea’s biggest automaker from Volkswagen Group in 2015 to lead design at the Hyundai and Genesis brands. He expanded that portfolio in 2018 to become chief design officer of the entire Hyundai Motor Group, taking over the Kia marque as well.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to contribute to the shaping of the future of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis,” Donckerwolke, 54, said in the statement. “Their audacious and progressive attitude has allowed me to push the boundaries and challenge the status quo.”
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