Williams Grand Prix Holdings announced the appointment of Paddy Lowe as Chief Technical Officer for the Williams Group.
Paddy will join Williams today, 16 March, and will take overall management responsibility for the engineering operation at Grove. He will also join the company’s Board of Directors and take a shareholding in the company.
Paddy moves to Williams from current Formula 1 Champions Mercedes. There he held the position of Executive Director (Technical) since June 2013. He helped the Mercedes team to record dominance in the Formula 1 championship.
Paddy started his Formula One career with Williams in 1987. He was a control systems engineer, working with Sir Patrick Head and Adrian Newey. In his six years with the team he helped pioneer the active suspension system that took Nigel Mansell to the 1992 World Championship in the FW14B. Paddy then moved to McLaren in 1993. He spent two decades at the Woking based team in the positions of Head of Research and Development, Chief Engineer, Engineering Director and finally Technical Director, helping the team secure three Drivers’ Championships and one Constructors’ Championship during that time.
During his 29 years in the sport, Paddy has contributed to 158 race wins, 7 Drivers’ Championship titles and 5 Constructors’ Championship titles: an impressive CV making him one of the leading engineers in the Formula One paddock.
Commenting on his appointment Paddy Lowe said:
“I‘ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One. It is a huge honour to return in this leadership position and to have the opportunity to become a shareholder. I am extremely motivated to play my part in bringing success back to the team. The vision for the future set out by the Williams Board is powerful. It compelled me to join an organisation committed to building on its unique legacy and to reaching the pinnacle of Formula One once again. I’m looking forward to this exciting new phase to my career.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, added:
“Having someone of Paddy’s calibre and engineering competence is not only a morale boost for everyone at Williams, but I know it will also significantly support our efforts to return this team back to the front of the grid. Our ambitions at Williams are unwavering, we want to win races and championships, but to do that you need the best talent in the business. In Paddy we believe we have just that as well as a leader who will drive change. This is a game changer for us and once again makes us extremely excited about this team’s future.”
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) 16 March 2017