Hyundai and Genesis Chef Suddenly ResignsApril 30, 2020
The current head of the design department of the South Korean brand, Luke Donkerwolke, cites “personal reasons” for his immediate resignation from the post of chief designer of the South Korean automaker.
Former head of the design department at Hyundai and its premium sub-brand Genesis, who also held a similar position in Kia design, Luke Donkerwalk, left the Korean automaker. The designer cites “personal reasons” for his immediate departure in an internal note to the automaker’s leadership. Donkerwolke took over as head of Hyundai’s global design department in 2016, leaving the post of head of the Bentley design department, and eventually replaced Peter Schreyer at Kia just two years later.
Luke Donkerwalk leaves behind a great legacy consisting of Hyundai and Genesis models that are truly interesting in terms of design. He was responsible for the design of well-publicly accepted crossovers such as Hyundai’s Kona and Palisade, as well as modern premium Genesis cars such as the GV80 (crossover) and the new versions of the G80 and G90 sedans. It was he who created the current design style for the Genesis models, which was first introduced by the Essentia electric car concept in 2018.
54-year-old Luke Donkerwalk studied at a Swiss college before embarking on his first job: an internship at Peugeot.
From there, he moved to the Volkswagen Group and spent two years in the Audi design department before moving to a permanent position at Skoda. His first significant contribution to the design of a production car came in 1996, when the completely new Skoda Octavia was introduced.
Donkerwalk plans to spend more time with his family in Bavaria. The South Korean brand says that it will not be able to find a worthy replacement in the short term.
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