[Northampton] - Brendan Connor has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Cosworth Racing to form a new leadership team, following the retirement of Trevor Crisp from the position of CEO and Managing Director.

Assuming the position of Operations MD with immediate effect, Connor will direct the commercial and business aspects of the Company allowing Nick Hayes, as Engineering MD to develop the technical direction of the engine programmes. Both roles will report to Niki Lauda, CEO Premier Performance Division (PPD) of Ford's Premier Automotive Group (PAG). PPD is made up of Cosworth Racing, Jaguar Racing and Pi Electronics.

Commenting on the new appointments, Niki Lauda says; "Cosworth is a distinguished and renowned brand and I am convinced that with new leadership we will continue to build on our enviable heritage to deliver winning engines at the very forefront of technology "

With experience spanning four decades, Cosworth Racing is a world leader in design, development and manufacture of ultra high performance gasoline engines for racing, rally and road car applications. Cosworth Racing provides powerplant technology and design solutions for premier teams in Formula 1, World Rally, CART (USA) and Motorbike racing, as well as racing engine technology transfer to the Premier Automotive Group of Ford Motor Company.

Brendan Connor - Biography

Brendan Connor (49) has had a varied career including spells in the Royal Navy, UKAEA, ACAS, the Engineering Employers Federation and Ushers brewery before joining Lucas in 1987.

During his time at Lucas/TRW Brendan held executive positions in personnel and marketing before becoming Managing Director of both aerospace and automotive businesses within the group.

In his last post, Brendan was responsible for leading the creation and development of a multi-million pound new technology electric power steering business within the automotive division.

Nick Hayes - Biography

Nick Hayes (41) has been involved in motor racing since the age of 15 whilst still at school, although he spent 6 years away from racing to complete his engineering degree and to gain experience in aerospace.

He joined Cosworth in 1984 and has spent the time since working in a wide variety of roles within Formula One culminating in leading the programme from the end of 1996 to the present day.

Cosworth Racing - Snapshot

Part of the Premier Performance Division together with PI Research and Jaguar Racing Headquarters in Northampton, UK; support facility for US racing programs, California, US; precision sandcasting foundry Bridgenorth, UK

Wholly owned by Ford, since fourth quarter 1998
725 employees; 650 UK, 75 US
Commercial Engineering Group for specialist low-volume engine projects
Major race projects for 2001: F1, WRC, CART, NASCAR
Formed 1958, founders Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth

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