Formula 1 Manager, Entrepreneur, One of the most influential person in Formula 1
Personal Motivation / "Push" / Make the Event unforgettable / Celebrity
9th March. 16:00 - 17:00
Mark Gallagher has held senior roles in the high performance environment of Formula One motor racing for over 30 years. Today he is a Formula One analyst for international media and founder of a sports consulting business, Performance Insights Ltd.
Gallagher’s management career in Formula One included more than a decade on the management board of the highly successful Jordan Grand Prix team, running the world famous Cosworth engine business and establishing the commercial arm of Red Bull Racing which went on to become 4-times World Champions.
During his career he has worked with many of the sport’s leading drivers, including former World Champions Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. He continues to work closely with a number of the sport’s major stars including David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve.
Gallagher’s career in Formula One started in 1983, spending seven years working in the media and as a consultant to Philip Morris International before joining Eddie Jordan’s ?edgling Grand Prix team in 1990. He was a member of the team’s management board, having full responsibility for the team’s day-to-day marketing and commercial activities. The team became championship challengers in 1999 with Mark playing a pivotal role in building one of Formula One’s most recognisable brands.
Gallagher became part of the newly created Red Bull Racing management team in 2004, and was later invited to lead Cosworth’s return to Formula One as an engine and technology supplier in 2010, overseeing its supply of one-third of the teams on the starting grid. Along the way he founded Status Grand Prix, which won the 2009 A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport and became a race-winning team in junior formulae. His team competed in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours sports car race on new fewer than four occasions.
More recently Gallagher worked with the sports governing body, the FIA, to develop the new hybrid petrol-electric engine regulations introduced into Formula One in 2014. In the same year he published his second book - ’The Business of Winning - Strategic Success from the Formula One track to the Boardroom’. Between 2005 and 2009 Mark was motor sport consultant to Disney Pixar on CARS and CARS II. He is the Formula One business columnist for F1 Racing magazine, the sport’s largest selling monthly magazine, and hosts the ‘Inside Formula One’ podcast with two times World Champion Mika Hakkinen.