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Claire Williams appointed deputy team principal
Claire Williams has been appointed deputy team principal at the Williams F1 team in a role that will see her work alongside her father and team principal Sir Frank Williams.
The team said Claire Williams' new role created a "clear succession plan" and that she will play a "pivotal role in the day to day running and long-term development of the team". She has worked at Williams since 2002 when she joined as a press officer and has risen through the ranks since 2010, gaining four promotions in the space of the last three years.
The team added that she will take up her new position with immediate effect, whilst also retaining her commercial director role leading the marketing, communications and sponsorship functions of the business. Williams had planned to announce the promotion before the start of the season, but following the death of Claire's mother, Lady Virginia Williams, earlier this month, father and daughter decided to delay this announcement to afford the family privacy
"Over the past decade Claire has worked tirelessly for Williams," Frank Williams said. "Her knowledge of the sport and passion for the team is unquestionable and I'm proud to say that during her time here she has proven herself to be one of our most valuable assets. 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.''
Claire Williams added: "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. I have grown up in the sport and have learnt the ropes from one of Formula One's legendary Team Principals and as a result I feel well equipped for this new challenge. 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.
"I don't underestimate the challenges that lie ahead but I have the full support of the Board and a very talented Executive Committee who will be invaluable as I move forward in this role. 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."
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