The FIA and the Grand Prix of America both chose the Canadian Grand Prix
to reveal changes of personnel within their respective organisations.
The governing body announced that erstwhile director of communications Norman Howell would be leaving his position on 1 July, to be replaced by current international elations advisor Pierre Regent.
Howell has accepted the offer to become vice-president of corporate communications EMEA division at the Ultimate Fighting Championship in London, a role which will allow him to best combine his professional and family life.
He has been with the FIA since January 2010 and has supervised the introduction of a significant digital platform, a re-alignment of print and electronic output, as well as the radical updating of the FIA's brand identity guidelines.
“This has been a wonderful and enriching experience, made all the more special by the great team I had the privilege to work with,” Howell confirmed, “Since Pierre arrived, I have worked closely with him and know he will be an energetic, astute and innovative director of communications.”
Regent, who also holds the position of project manager at the FIA's Action for Road campaign, will combine his new role with that of international relations advisor. He has spent five years working closely with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy as his press and communication adviser as well as being a spokesperson on international affairs, and admits that he is excited by his new responsibilities.
“We have worked closely together since my arrival at the FIA and we share many of the fundamental ideas about modern communications,” he said of his relationship with Howell, “I am also looking forward to leading the Federation's vibrant and hard-working communications department which has operated so well under Norman's stewardship.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Marty Hunt has joined the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial organisation as director of race operations and the newest member of the event's senior executive team.
Hunt has worked in raceway operational management for more than 25 years and joins an established team that recently welcomed Long Beach GP founder Chris Pook alongside Leo Hindery, Jr, Dennis Robinson and Dick Goldschmidt.
Most recently, Hunt served as the director of facilities at the Circuit of the Americas
in Austin, which returned F1 to the USA after a five-year absence in 2012. He previously served as operations manager for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and senior director of facility and operations at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. He also spent nearly ten years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, first as manager of track racing operations and later as director of operations.
"Few people in our sport are as accomplished as Marty Hunt in getting the cars to the starting grid and giving the fans an exciting, safe race," race promoter Hindery said.