Williams steps down from team board

By on Friday, March 2, 2012

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Sir Frank Williams has stepped down from the board of his own Formula 1 team.

Earlier this week, the Grove based team's 69-year-old founder, major shareholder and team principal named chairman Adam Parr as his future successor. Frank Williams has already handed over the day-to-day running of the once-great outfit to fellow Briton Parr, 46.

"If for whatever reason I couldn't come in to do my job, Adam would fill the gap," he told the British magazine F1 Racing. "He's not a racer but, in a way, that's probably an advantage in these distinctly commercial days."

On Friday, a team statement read: "Sir Frank Williams, founder and team principal, announced his decision to step down from the board."

He explained: "I turn 70 in April and I have decided to signal the next stage in the gradual but inevitable process of handing over the reins to the next generation.

"This is not as dramatic a move as it may appear: I shall continue to work full-time as team principal and I shall continue to attend all board meetings as observer," added Frank Williams.

He will also have a Williams family member on the board, as his daughter Claire steps up to be director of marketing and communications. Williams today announced that Claire Williams will join the team's board with effect from April 1 as Director of Marketing and Communications.

Frank Williams said: "It is no secret that Claire is my daughter but I am proud to say that she has fought hard to earn this appointment and of all the battles she has had to fight, the prejudices of her father were not the least challenging."

Parr, Williams team chairman, said, “Claire has worked at Williams for 10 years, taking on increasingly demanding positions and demonstrating throughout all of the qualities needed in this critical role. Claire will be accountable for acquiring new partners for the Williams F1 Team as well as continuing
to be responsible for ensuring effective communication about the team and the group as a whole."

Late last year, the team's co-founder Patrick Head also stepped down.

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