The announcement that Williams Grand Prix Holdings has appointed a new IT director is perhaps most significant because of the team that Graeme Hackland left to join the Grove operation.

Hackland joins Williams from Lotus, where he held the position of IT/IS director, continuing the recent exodus of staff from the cash-strapped squad. Earlier this week, Williams confirmed the acquisition of Rod Nelson to fill the roles of head of vehicle dynamics and chief test and support engineer, while Enstone has also lost key personnel to other rivals in the past couple of months.

Hackland originally joined Benetton Formula Ltd in 1997, holding a variety of IT-related positions between then and 2010. In his new role, he will have overall technical, operational and delivery responsibility for all IT projects within the Williams Group, encompassing both the Williams F1 Team and Williams Advanced Engineering. He will also join the Group's Executive Committee.

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"I'm proud to join the Williams Group as IT director," Hackland said, "The Williams F1 Team has engineering excellence at the heart of its DNA, and Williams Advanced Engineering has an enviable reputation for world class technical innovation. I'm excited to play a part in the future success of Williams, bringing my love of applying technology to complex business challenges, especially at a time of major change within F1's technical regulations."

"We are delighted to welcome Graeme to Williams in this newly created role," Group CEO Mike O'Driscoll added, "As a rapidly expanding high technology business, it is important that we continue to invest in the very best IT facilities and personnel. Graeme is the ideal person to direct our IT infrastructure moving forwards and his vast knowledge of the F1 operating environment will be particularly invaluable."