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Breaking: FIA CEO resigns from position

FIA chief executive officer Natalie Robyn has left her position at motorsport's governing body after just a year and a half in the position.

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Natalie Robyn, chief executive officer at the FIA, has left the organisation by "mutual consent" in order to "pursue opportunities outside" of Formula 1's governing body.

Robyn was appointed as the first female CEO of the FIA in November 2022, but she will leave her role at the end of May 2024 after just 18 months in post.

Robyn's resignation marks the fourth high-level executive to leave the FIA since the end of 2023.

Prior to her departure, sporting director Steve Nielsen, single-seater technical director Tim Goss and head of the commission for women Deborah Meyer also resigned their positions.

In the announcement of Robyn's departure, the FIA said: "The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) announces today the departure of Natalie Robyn from the position of CEO.

"Natalie has spearheaded a comprehensive overhaul of the Federation's operational structure, playing a pivotal role in modernising the FIA, enhancing governance, and securing sustainable financial stability.

"Natalie's appointment to the role of CEO in November 2022 marked a milestone, leveraging her 18-year career encompassing roles within both the automotive and finance sectors.

"Her decision to pursue opportunities outside of the FIA has prompted her departure from the organisation by mutual agreement, effective at the end of May."

Robyn and Ben Sulayem's statements

Reflecting on her decision to resign, Robyn highlighted the restructure and reform she had overseen in the role. 

"Performing in the role of CEO at the FIA has been an enormous privilege and I am grateful to have directed a programme of restructuring and reform," she said.

"Now is the time to step away in the knowledge that the organisation is better placed for the challenges which lie ahead. 

"I take great pride in my role in advancing the FIA's transformation across both Sport and Mobility, and I am pleased to leave an organisation comprised of a wonderful team of talented and dedicated individuals."

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem added that "Natalie’s appointment was notable as the first CEO in the history of the FIA. 

"She has contributed greatly to a wide-ranging reorganisation of our operational and management structure as well as our financial sustainability. On behalf of the FIA, I wish her well in her future endeavours."

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