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Mark Gallagher

Formula One motor racing boss. Speaker on High Performance Team Work, Safety & Technology

Formula One is a unique mix of business, innovation and sport, where strong leadership, efficient team work, split second decision making and a clear focus on delivery are required to compete at the highest levels in the 20 Grands Prix which comprise the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Mark Gallagher has worked in Formula One for almost 30 years and has spent the last 15 working as senior executive within the management of Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth. While operating at the… 

Formula One is a unique mix of business, innovation and sport, where strong leadership, efficient team work, split second decision making and a clear focus on delivery are required to compete at the highest levels in the 20 Grands Prix which comprise the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Mark Gallagher has worked in Formula One for almost 30 years and has spent the last 15 working as senior executive within the management of Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth. While operating at the centre of this fascinating sports business, Mark has worked directly with the world’s top drivers and team owners, giving him a privileged understanding of what it takes to be a world class competitor. 

Head of Marketing at the highly successful, race winning Jordan team over a ten year period, Mark was famously described as ‘head of making things happen’ in Eddie Jordan’s dynamic organisation. He then joined Jaguar Racing and helped in its transition into the now-dominant Red Bull Racing team, before taking over responsibility from 2009 until 2011 for the return of Cosworth to Formula One. Between 2009 and 2011 Mark was directly responsible for supplying one third of the Formula One teams with engine technology, re-establishing the Cosworth F1 business which has powered 13 Drivers Champions and won 176 Grands Prix - second only to Ferrari.

During his career Mark has worked directly with drivers including Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Ayrton Senna, and also spent time as part of Jenson Button’s management team.

Since 2005 Mark has also co-owned his own racing team, Status Grand Prix based at Silverstone in the UK, which won the 2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, has scored multiple victories in the GP3 feeder-series to Formula One and competes in the Le Mans sports car racing series. Status has three times won the ‘Best Presented Team’ Award, setting the benchmark in professionalism and presentation.

Today Mark heads a sports investment group, sits on the board of Status Grand Prix and uses his vast experience of the Formula One industry to work with teams, sponsors and drivers. He also makes regular appearances in the media, notably with Sky News, and in 2012 is an expert pundit and commentator at Formula One events with ESPN Star Sports, broadcasting to 24 countries and 36 million F1 fans in Asia.

In 2014 Mark will publish ‘The Business of Winning’, a book drawing on the business lessons to be learned from the high finance, high octane world of Formula One. 

His expertise has also been called upon by Disney Pixar for whom he acted as a industry consultant on the animated films CARS The Movie and CARS 2. Mark coordinated an agreement with Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone which enabled Disney Pixar to host its European media launch of CARS The Movie at the Spanish Grand Prix, and enjoys first hand experience of working with the man who created the global sport of F1.

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BUSINESS OF FORMULA 1: LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK AND PERFORMANCE

With his experience in Formula One, Mark Gallagher is uniquely qualified to advise and guide any business in any field to achieve a higher level of performance.
To compete in F1 requires a wide range of business skills. The teams – high-end engineering businesses – face a formidable set of challenges in a demanding, intense and high-profile environment where successes and failures are visible and obvious.
F1 is also a business where one of the central activities is brand building, not only of the teams such as Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren, but also of global consumer brands including Vodafone, Marlboro, Santander and TAG Heuer.

Mark Gallagher has worked in Formula One and international motor sport since 1983, helping to create, manage and guide teams towards race and title-winning success at world level. He has worked with champions, advised some of the world’s top brands, and become an expert on the inner workings of this fascinating industry. After working for the BBC and Express Newspaper Group in London, in 1990 Mark became part of the original management at Jordan Grand Prix, which was described as ‘the most motivated team in F1’. In 2004 Mark joined Jaguar Racing and oversaw its transition to Red Bull Racing. A professional conference speaker since 1998, Mark appears regularly in the media, providing industry insights to the BBC, CNN, Channel 4 News and Sky News. He has also sat on FIA technical working groups, and is a founding director of Status Grand Prix Ltd and Managing Director of CMS Motor Sport Ltd, a motor sport management and consulting business.

THE MASTER CLASS – what it covers
Leadership – Creating the vision, identifying the goals, cascading positive motivations throughout the organisation, creating the environment for success.
Teamwork – Drawing on practical examples, Mark describes the key attributes of personal commitment and the role of the individual in bringing a cohesive approach.
Motivation – Mark discusses definitions of success, creating milestone and gated reviews that enable staff to build towards the ultimate goal, celebrating achievements along the way. How can we motivate in times of difficulty?
Brand Building – How F1 teams develop brand awareness, generate core values and communicate them to sponsors and a global audience of billions.

BENEFITS
> Insight into how teams compete to achieve technical and commercial success, citing the FIA Formula One World Championship as a case study
> Enables you to identify the strengths of those who achieve world-class status; their ability to create and communicate their vision, motivate and empower their staff, and steer their organisation commercially and culturally
> How to achieve and maintain motivation, the strength of which is often the only difference between a champion and an also-ran
> Practical examples of creating the right environment for the attainment and maintenance of success
 

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