New boss says F1 must consider future after Ecclestone

Sun, 6 May 2012, 05:35

May 6 (GMM) Food giant Nestle’s boss has confirmed he is set to enter the world of formula one.

Austrian businessman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe confirmed to Kleine Zeitung newspaper that he has been lined up to chair the sport’s parent company once it has floated on the Singapore exchange.

“That’s right,” said the 67-year-old.

“And it’s true that I have agreed to take over the chairmanship of the supervisory board in a non-executive function.

“If formula one is to be a public company then it is important that the chairman is independent.”

Brabeck-Letmathe confirmed that Bernie Ecclestone, 82, is remaining F1’s chief executive.

“We certainly hope that Bernie stays healthy for a long time and can keep on working,” he said.

“I am already impressed with his performance. But of course it is the task of a supervisory board to ensure the succession of a business.

“At Nestle, I have always ensured that everyone can be replaced from the executive board within 24 hours. So we need to think about how to replace Bernie Ecclestone as well.”

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