James Strong will take over Tony Cochrane's role in V8 Supercars Australia

V8 Supercars Australia has today announced that James Strong will take over as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, replacing the departing Tony Cochrane.

Strong’s appointment follows his departure as the chairman of grocery giant Woolworths Australia this month, a position he held for eleven years.

In addition to his responsibilities with V8SA, Strong – who has a penchant for wearing bowties – will continue to serve as Chairman for Kathmandu Holdings and as a director of the QANTAS airline group.

He is not without plenty of sporting experience. He currently serves as chairman of the organising committee for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, as well as being a director of Dorna Sports, the group which manages the MotoGP championship. He has also previously been a director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

“James has an impeccable record in corporate governance and administration for two decades and brings to V8 Supercars a wealth of experience,” V8SA CEO David Malone said in today’s announcement.

“Aside from being a pre-eminent Australian corporate leader, James also has a deep understanding in the business of motorsport. James will help guide V8 Supercars through its next growth phase and his corporate experience and motorsport knowledge will be invaluable as the Board and management team embark on that process.”

“V8 Supercars is without doubt the leading motorsport category in this region and a force worldwide. I look forward to contributing to the next phase of the V8 Supercars development and growth,” Strong added.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.