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Mattiacci named Ferrari team principal

ESPN Staff
April 14, 2014 « Domenicali resigns as Ferrari boss | Bob Bell to leave Mercedes at end of season »
Marco Mattiacci is taking up his first job in F1 as Ferrari team principal © Getty Images

Former Ferrari car sales chief Marco Mattiacci has been named as the replacement for Stefano Domenicali as team principal.

Mattiacci's experience with Ferrari is limited entirely to the company's road car sales since joining from Jaguar in 2000, and has been president and CEO of the North American division since January 2010. Before that he headed up the company's Asia Pacific Operation for four years, and has also worked for Ferrari in South America, the Middle East, Finland and Russia.

Under his leadership Mattiacci won the car industry's prize for Executive of the Year in 2012. Mattiacci, 42, replaces Domenicali as head of the Gestione Sportiva with immediate effect.

Speaking in the aftermath of Domenicali's resignation, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo revealed he is confident Mattiaci can cope with the switch from the car division to the head job in the most famous team in motorsport.

"I also want to wish all the best to Marco Mattiacci, whom I know to be a highly regarded manager and who knows the company well," Montezemolo said. "He has accepted this challenge with enthusiasm."