The man who helped the iPhone sense when it’s been tilted sideways is taking over as CEO of Ferrari, highlighting the growing dominance of technology in the motor industry that is witnessing its most profound transformation in more than a century.

The iconic Italian supercar maker announced on Wednesday it recruited Benedetto Vigna, 52, from chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV to become CEO starting September 1. The appointment is a watershed moment for incumbent carmakers that have rarely looked outside the sector and have not named tech leaders to their top job...

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