Frédéric Lequien has been appointed as Head of the Le Mans Endurance Management to oversee the running of the FIA WEC and ELMS.
Frédéric Lequien will take over the role as CEO since his predecessor, Gérad Neveu, held the responsibilities for nine consecutive years.
The 48-year-old Frenchman has past experiences of managerial roles in motorsport like tackling negotiations at Eurosport International with promoters and circuits during the early to mid 2000s.
“I am proud and honoured to join LMEM (Le Mans Endurance Management),” he said.
“The WEC (World Endurance Championship) and the ELMS (European Le Mans Series) are both world-renowned championships.”
From 2005 until 2011, he was the deputy general manager and spokesperson of the iconic Dakar Rally.
He opened a specialist marketing and events agency in the following year to organise the Silk Way Rally, another endurance-rally raid event.
“We intend to continue attracting a mix of factory and private teams and are ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” he stated on the LMEM’s future ethos to the discipline.
President of the Automobile Club l’Ouest, governing the endurance events at Le Mans, Pierre Fillon described the appointment as “excellent news” owing to Lequein’s 20 years in experience.
Richard Mille, FIA Endurance Commission President, also wished him well in his new role as CEO of the LMEM.
“In many ways, 2021 marks a new chapter for the sport and I’m sure that with new management at the helm the FIA World Endurance Championship will go from strength to strength,” he said.
He will succeed Neveu at a critical stage of the WEC welcoming the era of the Le Mans Hypercar but also at the sole two manufacturers in the GTE-Pro category, as Aston Martin recently departed due to F1 priorities.