Jaguar Racing today announced that Guenther Steiner will join the company in the position of Managing Director from Monday 3rd December. Guenther joins Jaguar Racing from M-Sport in Cockermouth (Cumbria, UK) where he was Director of Engineering...
Jaguar Racing today announced that Guenther Steiner will join the company in the position of Managing Director from Monday 3rd December. Guenther joins Jaguar Racing from M-Sport in Cockermouth (Cumbria, UK) where he was Director of Engineering for the Ford World Rally Team.
Announcing the new appointment, Jaguar Racing Team Principal Niki Lauda said: "Guenther will bring a new technical perspective to our team. His experience at the highest levels of motorsport, together with his engineering skills, will add a new dimension to Jaguar Racing as we continue laying down the building blocks for the future. Guenther will be primarily responsible for managing the Milton Keynes factory and applying his skills to the technical side of our business. His proven credentials as a top-level engineer make him the ideal choice for this position. He will report to me as CEO of the Premier Performance Division and as Team Principal of Jaguar Racing. John Allison, in addition to his ongoing work as Director of Strategy for the Premier Performance Division, will assist Guenther within Jaguar Racing by taking responsibility for budgetary, commercial and administrative functions, thereby freeing Guenther to concentrate entirely on the engineering side of the business."
Guenther Steiner said: "The move from Ford's World Rally Team to Jaguar Racing offered the perfect transition for me. Jaguar Racing will soon enter its third year in Formula One and the team's on-track success is as much dependent on the organisational factors as it is on the technical element. I will focus on both of these areas. My goal will be to generate the same synergy throughout the Jaguar Racing squad that has taken Ford to the forefront of rallying."
Guenther Steiner joined the Ford team in December 1997 to take on the role of Project Leader for the new Focus World Rally Car programme before being appointed Director of Engineering at M-Sport. Steiner, from northern Italy, brought a wealth of experience to the task of co-ordinating all aspects of the construction, testing and development of Ford's challenger for the top honours in world rallying.
He started his engineering career with Italy's Jolly Club motorsport operation and helped the club's Escort Cosworth cars win the Italian Rally Championship on three occasions. He moved to Britain to work with Prodrive in 1996 and switched to Ford when the Focus programme started.
His move is a natural career progression within Ford's global motorsport programmes and Steiner said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with M-Sport and Ford. We've experienced great success with the Ford Focus rally car, developing it from a blank piece of paper into a world rally winner and I wish the team well for their campaign in the 2002 FIA World Rally Championship and beyond."