Luxury brands Bugatti and Lamborghini to be headed by one chief from December

FILE PHOTO: Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann attends the first press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann will also become head of luxury brand Automobili Lamborghini, taking on a double role from December, parent group Audi NSUG.DE said on Wednesday.

The move comes at a time when Audi's owner Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE is legally separating its Lamborghini supercar and Ducati motorbike brands, as it seeks to streamline its operations and focus on mass-producing electric cars.

As Lamborghini chief, Winkelmann will succeed Stefano Domenicali, who will move to the Formula One as head of racing, Audi said.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Riham Alkousaa