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Jean Todt : From Ferrari F1 CEO to FIA President

2004 On June 1st, Jean Todt was appointed as the director of Ferrari F1, in addition to his existing role as the director of Scuderia Ferrari.

Jean Todt, commonly known as “The Auvergnat Commander” or “The Little Napoleon,” was born on February 25, 1946, in Pierrefort, Auvergne. He began his career as a French rally co-driver and later transitioned into the role of team director in the world of motorsport, notably with Peugeot Talbot Sport and later with Scuderia Ferrari. Since 2004, he has held the position of Director and Administrator at Ferrari.

Todt’s illustrious career includes five victories in the Paris-Dakar Rally, achieved in 1987 and 1991, driving the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 and Peugeot 405 Turbo 16. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in securing six World Constructors’ Championships and five World Drivers’ Championships with his cherished driver, Michael Schumacher, during their time with the Scuderia Ferrari from 1999 to 2004.

On June 1, 2004, Jean Todt assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Ferrari, in addition to his position as the director of Scuderia Ferrari F1. Then, on October 25, 2006, just three days after the conclusion of the Formula 1 season and Michael Schumacher’s retirement, he ascended to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari.

In 2007, he began grooming Stefano Domenicali to succeed him as the head of Scuderia, starting January 1, 2008. Subsequently, on March 18, 2008, he stepped down from his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ferrari brand, and Amedeo Felisa took his place. He remained a member of the Board of Directors until March 2009, at which point he concluded his tenure at Ferrari, having clinched 14 world titles and 116 Grand Prix victories.

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Presidency of the FIA

In April 2009, he assumed the presidency of “eSafety Aware,” an initiative promoting intelligent vehicles and new technologies, which provided him with valuable insights into the inner workings of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). With the support of Michelle Yeoh, FIA Ambassador for Road Safety, Todt campaigned for the FIA presidency.

On July 16, 2009, he officially announced his intention to run for the presidency of the FIA. He received the endorsement of the outgoing president, Max Mosley, who had decided not to seek re-election. On October 23, 2009, Todt was elected as the President of the FIA by a vote of 135 to 49, defeating former Finnish rally driver and European Parliament member, Ari Vatanen.

He was re-elected unopposed on December 6, 2013, for another four-year term, and again on December 8, 2017, for a third term. However, due to the FIA’s statutory limit of three consecutive presidential terms and his age, Todt stepped down from his role as the head of the institution in December 2021.

Special Envoy for Road Safety

On April 29, 2015, Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, announced Jean Todt’s appointment as the Special Envoy for Road Safety during a meeting held in Paris.

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