Today Maria’s guest is Mark Gallagher. Mark has held leadership roles in F1 for over 30 years with Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth Formula one engine company. Today he runs his own consulting business and is a F1 analyst for media organisations.
In this week’s show, we find out what is it about Lewis Hamilton that makes him the champion driver he is. We discover what people really thought about Eddie Jordan when he first entered Formula 1. We find out who Michael Schumacher considered his only real rival and we get amazing insights into how to lead high performance teams.
Mark Gallagher has worked in the high performance environment of Formula One motor racing for over 30 years. Today he is a Formula One analyst for the BBC, makes regular appearances on global media outlets and is founder of his own consulting business, Performance Insights Ltd.
Mark Gallagher’s management career in Formula One included more than a decade on the management board of the highly successful Jordan Grand Prix team, running the world famous Cosworth engine business and establishing the commercial arm of Red Bull Racing which went on to become 4-times World Champions. During his career he has worked with many of the sport’s leading drivers, including former World Champions Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. He still works closely with a number of the sport’s major stars including David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve.
Mark’s career in Formula One started in 1983, spending seven years working in the media and as a consultant to Philip Morris International before joining Eddie Jordan’s fledgling Grand Prix team in 1990. He was a member of the team’s management board, having full responsibility for the team’s day-to-day marketing and commercial activities. He became part of the newly created Red Bull Racing management team in 2004, and was invited to lead Cosworth’s return to Formula One as an engine and technology supplier in 2010, overseeing its supply of one-third of the teams on the starting grid.
Along the way Mark Gallagher founded Status Grand Prix, which won the 2009 Motorsport World Cup of Motorsport and became a race-winning team in junior formulae as well as competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours sport car race. He helped developed the new hybrid petrol-electric engine regulations introduced into Formula One in 2014, became a Formula One industry analyst for the BBC in 2015 and recently published his second book – ’The Business of Winning – Strategic Success from the Formula One track to the Boardroom’. Between 2005 and 2009 Mark was motor sport consultant to Disney Pixar on CARS and CARS II.
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