According to the publication Automotive News, Donckerwolke decided to leave the company for personal reasons. Former chief designer added that for him “it was a great honor” to answer for the future of Korean automobile brands, which allowed him “to go beyond their usual progressive views”.
Before moving to South Korean concern five years ago, Donckerwolke worked at Volkswagen. Under his leadership, was created the model and Kona Palisade. The chief designer has created a signature style of the brand Genesis and has developed the appearance of the first crossover brand GV80.
The company decided not to seek a replacement chief designer after the departure of Donckerwolke leadership decided to abolish the post of Director, who is responsible for all three brands. Now lead the Department of design of the brands Hyundai and Genesis will continue sang yup Lee, a senior designer KIA will remain Karim Habib.