Williams Appoint Mike O’Driscoll as CEO

May 29, 2013

The Williams Group has named Mike O’Driscoll as the company’s new CEO to “guide the long-term future” of the team. O’Driscoll replaces Alex Burns, who has left with immediate effect after taking on the role in 2010. 

O’Driscoll has been with Williams as a non-executive director since 2011, having previously worked for Jaguar and Aston Martin. He will now oversee the Williams F1 Team and Williams Advanced Engineering in a new unified role after a shake-up of the management structure. He will lead the executive committe and report to Williams’ founder Sir Frank Williams and the board.

Sir Frank 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 [Williams, deputy team principal], I am in no doubt that the future of Williams is in safe hands.”

O’Driscoll added: “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.”

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