Former Jaguar/Aston man O’Driscoll new Group CEO of Williams

Former Jaguar and Aston Martin executive Mike O’Driscoll has been announced as the new Group CEO of Williams Grand Prix Holdings.

The team says that “the newly created role will see the Williams F1 Team and Williams Advanced Engineering united under one management structure and will enable Mike to provide support to Sir Frank Williams, founder and Team Principal and to work in partnership with Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal.

“Mike will lead the Executive Committee who will report to him and in turn he will report to Sir Frank Williams and the Williams Grand Prix Holdings board.”

Meanwhile former CEO Alex Burns has left the company.

Sir Frank Williams said: “Mike has been a valued member of our Board since 2011 as a Non-Executive Director, and I am delighted that his day to day involvement in the company is to significantly increase. This new role strengthens the company and will help us achieve our goals both on the race track and in diversification. Mike brings with him significant skills and a wealth of experience. Working with Claire, I am in no doubt that the future of Williams is in safe hands.”

Claire Williams added: “Mike brings with him a unique mix of skills and capabilities and he is a passionate motorsport enthusiast with significant automotive industry experience. I have every confidence that he can drive the business forward to deliver an improved performance for both the Williams F1 Team and Williams Advanced Engineering.”

“I am honoured that the Board has entrusted me with the position of Group CEO,” said O’Driscoll. “I have been proud to serve as a Non-Executive Director since 2011 and in my new role, I am very much looking forward to helping Sir Frank and Claire achieve the ambitious goals we have set ourselves.”

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