Stephan Winkelmann was born in Berlin on 18 October 1964 and grew up in Rome, Italy. He studied Political Science in Rome, earned his degree in Munich, and spent two years in the German Army as a paratrooper, leaving at the rank of lieutenant.
In 1991, he started his professional career at the German financial institutionMLP. In the following years, he focused his interests on the automotive industry, working first for Mercedes-Benz and then for Fiat Auto from 1994 to 2004 in marketing and sales, both in Italy and abroad. He was then appointed as CEO of Fiat Auto Austria, Switzerland and lastly Fiat Auto Germany.
On 1 January 2005, Stephan Winkelmann was appointed President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in Sant’Agata Bolognese (Italy).
In 2009, Stephan Winkelmann was awarded the decoration of Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana). The award is a tribute to Mr. Winkelmann’s commitment to relaunching the Italian marque, which has attained a leading position on the international automotive scene.
“For Lamborghini China is a very important market. “We entered China in 2005 and for us today in terms of sales China represents the second largest market in the world. Today we are glad to present to the Asian public the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 that made its debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and proved to be a great success. We already collected more than 1.500 orders in the first few months. 2013 has been another successful year for Lamborghini, marked by an all-time high in V12 sales with a record of 1.001 Lamborghini Aventador delivered worldwide. Our latest creation of the Aventador LP 700-4 in the Ad Personam configuration “Nazionale” is presented here in Beijing as a World Premiere. And last but not least our successful one make race series Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Asia is going to enter in its 3rd successful season.”