BMW Sauber announce new team structure 08 Jan 2010
BMW Sauber have revealed their new management structure following Peter Saubers purchase of the team from the German carmaker at the end of last year. Sauber himself will become president of the board of directors and will lead the squad at Grands Prix as team principal. He wont, however, take on any operational tasks at their Swiss factory.
"Formula One is constantly changing," he explained. "This division of responsibilities not only meets the demands of the sport, but also freshens things up within the company. I will keep myself informed on all important developments, but will leave operational matters to the management in Hinwil."
The new managing director at the team's headquarters will be 38 year-old Monisha Kaltenborn, who has been their head of legal affairs since 1998. In her former capacity Kaltenborn looked after relations with the FIA, FOM and the teams' association FOTA and has been a member of the board of management since 2001. An Austrian national, she completed a law degree at the University of Vienna before graduating as a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics.
Saubers son Alex will take over responsibility for the team's marketing activities. Thirty six year-old Alex has worked in Swiss professional football for the last two years with Neue Grasshopper Fussball AG, most recently as commercial director. After graduating with a law degree in Zurich, he worked for two years at a firm specialising in sports and media law. Between October 2006 and October 2007 he completed an MBA in Sport Management in Liverpool.
Technical director Willy Rampf will be in charge of the teams engineering department, while 62 year-old Urs Jampen returns to the post of finance director after 18 months away. Jurg Flach, meanwhile, joins the board of management as director of operations with overall responsibility for production. The mechanical engineering graduate has been at the company since 1999 and was previously responsible for project management.
Although BMW Sauber has been assured of a place on the 2010 grid, they are yet to be officially confirmed on the FIAs entry list.