Sir Frank Williams’ daughter, Claire, has been promoted to the role of the Williams F1 team’s Deputy Team Principal, with Grove team working to ensure it has the appropriate succession-planning measures in place following the departure of the team’s CEO Adam Parr last year.
She has been with the team since 2002 in its media department, and more recently moved to lead the team’s Marketing Department three years ago.
Her promotion was actually lined up before the start of the 2013 season, but the announcement of her promotion was delayed due to the death of Claire’s mother, Lady Virginia, who passed away earlier this month.
Described by her father as one of the “most valuable assets” of the team, Sir Frank Williams expressed confidence that his daughter was best-placed to lead the team forward.
“Her knowledge of the sport and passion for the team is unquestionable,” he said in the team’s media release.
“With Claire being appointed Deputy Team Principal, I know the future of Williams is in extremely safe hands. This appointment also had Ginny’s blessing who I know would have been incredibly proud to have seen Claire taking on this position by my side.”
“I’m truly honoured to be taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal and look forward to working alongside Frank to help run the team this season and beyond,” she added.
“I understand the commitment that every person within the team gives each day to see our car out on the track and I am determined to see us back at the top. It has been a sad month for my family and Williams as a company following the death of my mother, but as the season takes hold we must look to the future. It will be a privilege to play a part in taking the team into what I hope will be a successful next chapter.”
While she has earned this promotion – making her the sport’s second senior team leader with Monisha Kaltenborn heading up the Sauber F1 team – she will continue to work as the team’s Commercial Director as well as serving on the team’s Board of Directors.