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Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio could leave for Alitalia

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by Tom Walsh

Gabriele del Torchio could be on the verge of leaving his position as chief executive officer at Ducati, according to reports from Italy.

Del Torchio has been in charge of the Bologna-based bike firm for over five years but reports suggest that he could be set to leave to join Italian airline Alitalia, in a move that could shake up the motorcycle company.

The airline company was rescued from bankruptcy in 2008 after it was bought out by a few companies, one of which is IMMSI, who controls the Piaggio Group, who in turn own of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa.

Business publication Ansa in Italy broke the news first but newspaper Il Corriere della Sera managed to secure a quote from del Torchio which read: "This is an idea (that he could leave Ducati), I haven't signed anything yet."

The chief executive officer was instrumental in strengthening the company since he took over in 2007, and he managed a successful sale to Audi and the VW Group in 2012.

This development comes right on the back of the news that senior designer Pierre Terblanche is due to leave for US firm Confederate.

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