Williams have announced aerospace veteran Frederic Brousseau will join the team in the role of chief operating officer.
Brousseau has 26 years worth of experience in the aerospace industry, most recently working as vice president of operations for the Canadian subdivision of the American company Pratt & Whitney.
But now he will move away from the company he first joined in 1997 to take up the role at Williams next month.
Speaking following his appointment, Brousseau said he was “looking forward to joining a team with such Formula 1 heritage.”
“There is no better feeling than setting out on a brand new journey and working towards achieving your dreams,” he said.
“It has been an exciting beginning of the season and I am looking forward to joining a team with such Formula 1 heritage.
“I am eager to get started and contribute to building the organisation’s future alongside everyone at Williams Racing.”
Chairman of the board at Williams Matthew Savage welcomed the appointment of Brousseau, saying he expects him to “contribute significantly to our journey at Williams Racing.”
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“We are very excited to bring Frederic on board as an energetic and experienced leader who can help with the transformation of Williams Racing,” Savage said.
“He began his career working on the shop floor, and his most recent role saw him looking after worldwide aerospace operations, including running multiple worldwide manufacturing sites and an operation with more than 10,000 employees. I expect him to contribute significantly to our journey at Williams Racing.”
Brousseau began his career on the factory floor of Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1997 before moving upwards into a variety of operational and management roles.
In June 2011, he was appointed general manager of the company’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre and oversaw the opening of the facility and its state-of-the-art production line for the engines which power the Airbus A220 commercial jetliner.
He began his most recent role, vice president, in April 2022 where he worked with the company’s worldwide operations in areas such as Poland, Morocco and China.