May 29, 2013 / 10:15 AM / 7 years ago

Williams F1 appoint O'Driscoll as CEO

Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar, attends a press conference during the first media day of the 79th Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo in Geneva in this March 3, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

LONDON (Reuters) - The struggling Williams Formula One team appointed former Jaguar Cars managing director Mike O’Driscoll as group chief executive on Wednesday, with Alex Burns leaving the company with immediate effect.

The former world champions, who have not scored a point in their last seven races, said in a statement that O’Driscoll would guide the long-term future of the team and report to founder Frank Williams and the board.

The newly-created role of group CEO unites the F1 team and Williams Advanced Engineering under one management structure.

“This new role strengthens the company and will help us achieve our goals both on the race track and in diversification,” said Williams, who recently appointed his daughter Claire as his deputy.

“Working with Claire, I am in no doubt that the future of Williams is in safe hands.”

O’Driscoll, who was managing director of Jaguar cars from 2007-2011, has been a non-executive director of Williams since 2011.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Clare Fallon

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