Bentley has announced the appointment of a new engineering chief.

Bentley Motors has announced that Rolf Frech will be taking over as the brand's head engineer. Frech will be replacing Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, who is taking a position with Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA), the German Association of the Automotive Industry.

Frech, 53, joins Bentley from company partner Porsche. Frech started with Porsche in 1983 as an engine development engineer and then moved into the company's simulation and testing division. Frech ascended to the position of Director for Complete Vehicle Engineering in 2001 where he oversaw the development of vehicles like the Cayenne and Panamera.

"I am delighted to welcome Rolf Frech to the Bentley team," Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said. "He brings with him a wealth of experience from Porsche, experience which will help us develop new generations of Bentleys which share the same commitment to performance, quality and engineering excellence."

Frech will officially take up his new role as Bentley's Board Member for Engineering in November and will certainly have his work cut out for him. Eichhorn had his hand in the engineering of such vehicles as the original Continental GT, Continental Supersports and Mulsanne.