Alex Burns, Williams, 2011

Williams names new Group CEO as Alex Burns departs

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alex Burns, Williams, 2011Williams chief executive officer Alex Burns has left the company “with immediate effect”.

Burns was chief operating officer at Williams until 2010, when he was promoted to the role formerly occupied by Adam Parr.

Mike O’Driscoll, who has been on the Williams board since 2011, has taken on the new role of Group CEO as of today.

O’Driscoll was managing director of Jaguar Cars from 2007 to 2011 and president of Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover in North America for six years before that.

“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,” said team owner Frank Williams.

“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.”

O’Driscoll said he is “very much looking forward to helping Sir Frank and Claire achieve the ambitious goals we have set ourselves”.

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