Monisha Kaltenborn will take over from Peter Sauber as Sauber team principal with immediate effect it was announced today.
Her promotion to the team principal of Sauber makes her the first woman in F1 history to take such a position. She will also continue in her current role as CEO for Sauber.
Sauber will continue as the president of the Sauber group’s board of directors.
Kaltenborn has worked for Sauber for 12 years and was given a third of the company’s shares in May this year after becoming CEO in January 2010. It was already known that Sauber intended to step down from his position as team principal before he turned 70 next year and he admitted that the move had been planned for some time.
Kaltenborn joined Sauber in 2010 working in its legal department before joining the board and later becoming the CEO. Her rise to the top of Sauber is down to her hard work and commitment to the Sauber team and her appointment is testament to this.
The appointment of Kaltenborn as team principal could be seen as a move towards more women having important positions within F1 teams. However with few other women working at the same level as Kaltenborn in F1 it may be many years before this actually happens.