Franz-Josef Paefgen

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Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen[1] (born 10 May 1946 in Büttgen) is a German engineer and manager. In 1976, Paefgen earned a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the RWTH Aachen University.[2] He was most recently the CEO of Bentley Motors[3] and Bugatti Automobiles SAS,[4] from which he retired in 2011.[5]

Prior to the roles at Bentley and Bugatti, Dr Paefgen held several positions at Ford Motor Company and Audi where he also served as CEO.[6]

During his time as the Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors Ltd., he was responsible for the Bentley Mulsanne[7] and the Bentley Continental[8] series of cars. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Paefgen was responsible for the development of the Bugatti Veyron.[9]

Since departing from Bentley and Bugatti, Dr Paefgen has accepted a position of a Board Member at the Finnish automotive company Valmet Automotive.[10] He also serves as a member of the supervisory board of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG.[11]

Further reading[edit]

  • Richard Feast - Kidnap of the Flying Lady: How Germany Captured Both Rolls-Royce and Bentley (Motorbooks, 2003) ISBN 0-7603-1686-4
  • Andrew Frankel - Bentley - the Story (Redwood Publishing, 2005) ISBN 0-9517751-9-7

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