Sauber CEO becomes first woman to head Formula One team operations

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 10, 2011 11:20 hrs

Indian-born Monisha Kaltenborn, the Chief Executive Officer of Sauber Formula One team, will be the first woman to head company's business operations.

Kaltenborn has been CEO for the Sauber F1 Team since last year.

"No, I never feel like I have to be a man. I am quite happy with the way I am," she told reporters at the team's hospitality suite at the Sepang International Circuit.

Kaltenborn was also part of the press conference ahead of the 2011 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, The Star reports.

She said being a woman in motorsports was less of an issue for her after joining the Fritz Kaiser Group in 1998, which was a shareholder together with the Red Bull Sauber F1 team.

The 39-year-old, who proceeded to head Sauber Group's legal department when Kaiser sold his shares in 2000, has been on the board of management since 2001.

Besides this, she is also involved in the Fdration Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Women and Motorsport Commission that serves to help women's involvement in the sport. (ANI)

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