FIA President Jean Todt soon in Malta

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 15:25

by Catherine Micallef.

FIA President Jean Todt is expected to visit Malta on Saturday 29th January as the International Guest of this year’s edition of the Sport Malta Awards, L-Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali.

Born in Pierrefort, France, Jean Todt has been involved in motor sport since 1966. After graduating from the School of Economics and Business in Paris, he had a successful career as a rally co-driver from 1966 to 1981, ending with a Manufacturers’ World Title win with Talbot Lotus.

In 1982, Todt retired from competition and was appointed Director of Racing Activities for Automobiles Peugeot, where he founded the Peugeot Talbot Sport team. His team went on to win two rally constructors’ world championships, two rally drivers’ world championships and four victories at Paris-Dakar. In 1990, Todt became Director of Sporting Activities at PSA Peugeot-Citroen Group, which won the World Title in Sports Cars in 1992 and saw two victories at 24 Hour Le Mans in 1992 and 1993.

Todt entered his career with Ferrari as General Manager of its Racing Division in 1993. By 2001, he was General Manager of all Sporting Activities of the Ferrari-Maserati Group and in 2006, he became Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari SpA. During Todt’s time with Ferrari, the team won a total 98 Grand Prix victories and 13 world titles.

From 1975 to 1981, Todt acted as representative of rally drivers to the rally commission of Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile, and from 1981 to 1993, he represented the constructors. From 1993 to 2009, he acted as the Ferrari SpA representative to the FIA World Council. In his final year with Ferrari, Todt worked as special advisor to the Ferrari Board chairman before retiring from the company in March 2009.

He has since continued his work in many capacities with the FIA and FIA Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the FIA Foundation and President of the eSafetyAware! campaign, which aims to increase awareness and uptake of life-saving electronic safety technologies in vehicles. With his partner Michelle Yeoh, Todt travels the world promoting the Make Roads Safe Campaign and the Call for a Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Jean Todt is a founding member and Vice President of the ICM Foundation; a member of the Supervisory Board for Gaumont, Group Lucien Barrière, Compagnie Financière Saint Honoré; a member of the Advisory Board of Hangar Bicocca and a member of the Board of Directors of the Société des Amis du Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

In February 2007, Todt was awarded the Grand Officier of the Légion d’Honneur, France’s second highest honour.

 On 23 October, 2009, he was elected as president of the FIA, motor sport’s world governing body. Todt, who succeeds Max Mosley, stood against Finland’s former world rally champion Ari Vatanen for the position.

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