FIA reveals details of new CEO role as search continues

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The FIA has released the job description for the newly created chief executive officer position, as well as the qualities that the successful candidate must possess.

When Mohammed Ben Sulayem was elected President of the organisation in December, one of his declared goals was to hire a CEO, and the search began in February.

Ben Sulayem regards the appointment of a well-qualified professional manager as a critical component of his strategy for modernising the FIA and, in particular, maintaining effective financial control.

The headhunting firm Russell Reynolds Associates is still looking for candidates for the Geneva-based role, and no application deadline has been set.

The CEO of the FIA will be responsible for developing the strategy for the organisation, and for the successful operational and financial performance of an integrated and aligned FIA administration.

It adds that the new CEO will focus on improving the organisation’s finances and streamlining its operations.

Charles Leclerc with Mohammed Ben Sulayem (FIA President)

The FIA says it wants to generate more income, and this will include “developing commercial growth plans to increase and diversify revenue streams”.

The role requires candidates to have “senior executive leadership experience in an international commercial business or complex organisation of comparable scale”.

“Regardless of industry background, the CEO should be passionate about motorsport and/or the global mobility transformation, and their important roles in society,” it says.

A “low-ego and humble approach, realising that the organisation exists to help its global members; encourages others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the team’s achievement” is one of the personal skills needed of candidates.

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