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Jean Todt

President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile & UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety

ORGANISATION : Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

Jean Todt has served as President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) since his election in 2009. He was re-elected to the position in 2013, and again in 2017.

Todt began his motorsport career in 1966 and participated in the World Rally Championship until 1981. That same year, alongside Guy Fréquelin, he won the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers with a Talbot Lotus. Between 1966 and 1981, Jean Todt co-drove alongside 18 of the most successful drivers of the period for 12 major manufacturers, winning many international rallies in the process.

Todt was then appointed Peugeot’s Director of Racing and founded Peugeot Talbot Sport (PTS), which claimed the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ FIA World Rally Championship titles in 1985 and 1986 before going on to take first place in the general classification in four editions of the Paris-Dakar Rally between 1987 and 1990.

In 1990, Todt became Director of Sporting Activities of the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, overseeing Peugeot’s participation in the World Sports Car Championship, which Peugeot won in 1992. It also took two consecutive victories at the 1992 and 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 1993, Todt left Peugeot and became Director of Ferrari’s Racing Division. Under his leadership, from 1993 to 2008, Scuderia Ferrari won 14 FIA Formula One World titles (eight Constructors’ and six Drivers’ titles, five thanks to Michael Schumacher and one with Kimi Raikkönen) and 106 Grand Prix victories. In 2001, he took on responsibility for all motor sport activities of the Ferrari-Maserati Group, and then he was appointed General Manager of Ferrari in 2004. He went on to become Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Todt left Ferrari in March 2009.

Since 29 April 2015, Todt was appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Envoy for Road Safety, and he was confirmed in April 2017 by the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres.


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