28 January 2014
New MD for Williams engineering arm
Williams Advanced Engineering appoints new managing director as it looks to make the most of F1-production crossover.
Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Williams Group of companies that includes the Williams F1 Team, has appointed Craig Wilson as its new managing director.
Wilson will have overall operational and delivery responsibility for existing projects within Williams Advanced Engineering, oversee all business development activity, and take a strategic lead as the company continues to commercialise Williams' F1-derived technology and knowhow for the motorsport, automotive, transport and energy sectors.
The company's flagship projects to date include the design and manufacture of the C-X75 hypercar in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, the development of Nismo products for Nissan, the design of battery systems for Formula E, the world's first fully electric racing series, and energy storage technology for the renewable energy sector.
As a highly successful executive within the automotive industry, Wilson brings a wealth of experience to an exciting and rapidly growing business. Before joining Williams, he co-founded Oxford Applied Technologies, an engineering consultancy specialising in bringing sustainable transport projects to market, while previous roles include six years based in Melbourne as CEO of Walkinshaw Performance, running successful GM-Holden factory racing teams in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship and securing two team and drivers' championships and three Bathurst wins.
This coincided with a directorship with Holden Special Vehicles, where he jointly led the engineering and strategic direction of the high performance vehicle manufacturer. Wilson also spent over a decade at TWR Group, six of those as MD, and oversaw projects such as the Aston Martin DB7, Volvo C70, Renault Sport Clio V6 and concept designs of the Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin Vanquish and Audi RS4.
"I'm delighted to be joining a company with Williams' illustrious history and I look forward to helping its Advanced Engineering division continue to evolve to support the growing requirements of our customers and the market sectors in which we operate,” he said, “As a business, Williams Advanced Engineering stands out due to its origins in the very competitive world of F1 with its rapid technology development requirements. The combination of accelerated development timescales, a collaborative approach to projects and strong expertise in energy efficient technologies makes for a powerful proposition."
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