O'Driscoll becomes Williams Group CEO
29 May 2013 – Williams Grand Prix Holdings has confirmed the appointment of Mike O'Driscoll, former Managing Director of Jaguar Cars and ex-President of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover in North America, as its new Group CEO. Alex Burns, who had previously held the position, is to leave the Grove-based outfit with immediate effect.
In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, the outift explains that O'Driscoll has been appointed "to guide the long term future of Williams," with the F1 team and Williams Advanced Engineering now united under a single management structure.
O'Driscoll will also oversee the day-to-day running of the Executive Committee, who are to report directly to him along with Team Principal and founder Sir Frank Williams.
O'Driscoll, who starts work as of today, commented: "I am honoured that the Board has entrusted me with the position of Group CEO. 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."
Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal and founder, said of the announcement: "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."
He added: "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 [Deputy Team Principal] Claire [Williams], I am in no doubt that the future of Williams is in safe hands."
Williams also thanked Burns for his "significant contribution" to the business.