FIA hit with resignation of Natalie Robyn 18 months after taking office

Natalie Robyn has resigned from her role as the chief executive officer of motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, after a mere 18 months in the position.

Robyn assumed her position in November 2022, as FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem sought to overhaul the organisation’s management structure, but will leave at the end of May. The company revealed that Robyn had departed “by mutual agreement to explore opportunities beyond the FIA.”

With over 15 years of experience in the automotive sector, Robyn was selected for her role. Before this, she served as the CEO of Volvo in Switzerland since 2017, and also held managerial roles at Nissan and DaimlerChrysler. Since joining, she played a pivotal role in revamping the FIA’s structure and driving efforts to modernise its governance, while also contributing to enhancing its financial stability.

However, reports suggest that a desire to return to the automotive industry has prompted a reassessment of her career plans. Consequently, she has reached an agreement with the FIA to step down at the end of this month. On her decision, Robyn said, “Performing in the role of CEO at the FIA has been an enormous privilege, and I am grateful to have directed a programme of restructuring and reform.

“Now is the time to step away in the knowledge that the organisation is better placed for the challenges which lie ahead. I take great pride in my role in advancing the FIA’s transformation across both Sport and Mobility, and I am pleased to leave an organisation comprised of a wonderful team of talented and dedicated individuals.”

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