Jost Capito will leave Ford and join Volkswagen Motorsport as the German firm continues its recruitment of senior motorsport personnel ahead of the launch of the Polo R WRC next season.
It is not know when Capito will switch, but the move has been confirmed privately by both Ford and Volkswagen.
Capito is Ford's director of global performance vehicles and motorsport business development, based out of Derborn in America. He is expected to take a similar role in Hannover.
Capito already has widespread experience of the German automotive industry, having worked for BMW and Porsche in the past.
Capito's move to VW is not expected to have a direct impact on Ford's worldwide motorsport commitment, with Gerard Quinn and Jamie Allison working as motorsport directors in Europe and North America respectively.
Volkswagen's highest profile signing for its WRC assault is seven-time WRC winner Sebastien Ogier.
The Frenchman was joined in Germany by former Citroen team manager Sven Smeets and former Peugeot and Subaru engineering guru Francois Xavier Demaison.