Lamborghini President Stephan Winkelmann honored by Italian American Chamber of Commerce

On Monday, September 24, 2012, Lamborghini President and CEO – Stephan Winkelmann was honored as he was presented with Global Leadership Award at Italian American Chamber of Commerce 105th Anniversary Dinner. The function which was held at River East Art Centre in Chicago and Winkelmann was presented this award in recognition of his contributions to US and international advancements by projecting Lamborghini as an Italian super sport car brand which is now well into its 50th year.

Winkelmann has long been known for his endeavors on developing Lamborghini’s strong dealer networks, launch of their flagship Aventador LP700-4, exploring sustainability avenues and production of full carbon fiber monocoques to enhance performance of vehicles.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A was founded in 1963 and has its headquarters at Sant’Agata Bolognese in Northeast Italy. It is credited with the manufacture of some of the best known super sports cars with its best to date being the Aventador LP 700-4 in 2011 while recently presented their SUV Urus at the Beijing Motor Show. The company has over 120 dealerships across the globe.

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Chicago, Illinois/Sant’Agata Bolognese, September 26th, 2012. On Monday, September 24 at Chicago’s River East Art Center, the Global Leadership Award was given to Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. This honor highlighted his contributions to US and international advancements of Italian culture by leading Lamborghini, the venerable Italian super sports car brand.

“It’s such an honor to accept this prestigious award from the IACC”, said Winkelmann. “This award confirms Lamborghini as a strong expression of the Italian industrial culture as it is closing in on its 50th Anniversary. We have a commitment – myself with the support of my team – to continuously develop world-class luxury super sports cars like our flagship Aventador and keep on investing in new products and technologies even in hard times. The challenges of the automotive business require determination and long term planning.”

Winkelmann, who was born in Berlin and grew up in Rome, has been President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A since 2005. Throughout his seven years at Lamborghini, Winkelmann has been instrumental in the turnaround of the brand including all-time record sales in 2008 prior to successfully steering the company through the economic downturn. Also in 2010, he was decorated as a Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, recognizing Winkelmann’s commitment of re-launching the Lamborghini brand and making it one of the most highly esteemed turn-around programs in the automotive and luxury sectors.

These commercial achievements were a result of Winkelmann’s focus on supporting and growing the dealer network, implementing a solid strategy for its V10 and V12 sports car range, leading the development and launch of the flagship Aventador LP 700-4 while investing in new facilities to explore sustainability avenues as well as produce full carbon fiber monocoques, for better performing vehicles.

The IACC’s 105th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner also presented awards to local business leaders and hosted more than 400 professionals, government officials, and VIPs stretching from the Midwest to Italy. The event’s proceeds were donated to the Cook Italy Educational Foundation, which is focused on teaching underprivileged children based in Chicago how to eat healthy; and to a fund to help rebuild the Emilia-Romagna region, which was recently hit by a series of devastating earthquakes.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy. There it manufactures some of the world’s most sought-after super sports cars. With the introduction of the best-in-class Aventador LP 700-4 in 2011 and with this year’s presentation of the SUV concept car Urus at the Beijing Auto Show, Lamborghini has marked another milestone in the history of luxury super sports cars.

With more than 120 dealerships worldwide, Automobili Lamborghini is building on a succession of extreme and exclusive super sports cars including the 350GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Reventón Coupe, Reventón Roadster, Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupé and Spyder, Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera and the open version LP 570-4 Spyder Performante.

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