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Technical reshuffle at Caterham

Saturday 10-May-2014 11:20

Caterham have restructured their senior management and have said goodbye to technical director Mark Smith, who won't be directly replaced.

As the backmarker outfit continues to chase their first World Championship point, Caterham announced on Saturday that Smith had left the team with immediate effect.

Instead of replacing the technical director, John Iley, Jody Egginton and Gerry Hughes will now each take responsibility for specific areas of the team's operational activities as the newly created Technical Committee.

Iley has been named Performance Director, Egginton is now Head of Design & Manufacturing and Hughes, who only joined the team earlier this year, will continue as Chief Engineer, assuming overall management of track activities and personnel.

Team principal Cyril Abiteboul said: "First I would like to thank Mark for his time and dedication to the development of our team since he first joined in 2011. We and Mark part company on good terms and with our best wishes for the future.

"It was obviously a tough decision to see someone of Mark's calibre go, but we have identified the need to restructure as a key aspect of increasing our on-track performance and forming a new Technical Committee composed of John, Jody and Gerry will allow us to do exactly that.

"After investing last year in our new factory, and over the winter in aerodynamic development capacity, the new structure gives three specialists we are lucky to have with us the opportunity to use their experience, passion and dedication to help us progress.

"We are not happy with our current performance levels and John, Jody and Gerry, with my full support and that of our shareholders, staff and partners, are the right people to help take us forward."

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