François Wales has been named to take over from Bruno Famin, who is joining the FIA’s Office of the Secretary General for Motor Sport as Director of Operations.
In the course of the past year, François Wales has been responsible for the development of vehicles for PSA Motorsport customers, as well as of the “Peugeot Sport Engineered” range of electrified sports cars, the first of which – the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept car – was unveiled earlier this year in Geneva.
A graduate of SUPELEC, François Wales has worked for PSA since 1989, holding positions as a Project and Engineering Manager in France, China and Spain. At the beginning of 2018, he moved to PSA Motorsport as Manager of the Customer Competition Vehicles Department where his missions included the development of both the new PSE range and the 208 R2.
Said François Wales: “It is an honour to be taking over the reins of Peugeot Sport and working with such a dedicated team. In the past year, we have started to develop a new, broad range of high-performance, low-emission electrified sports cars for the Peugeot brand, as well as a new 208 R2 for our motorsport customers. Peugeot Sport is set to make an increasing contribution to the brand’s exciting strategy for the future”.
Said Jean-Marc Finot (SVP, PSA Motorsport): “I would like to thank Bruno Famin for the contribution he has made as head of Peugeot Sport since 2012, and I am proud of his recruitment by the FIA. Together with Jean-Philippe Imparato [SVP, Peugeot Brand], we believe that François Wales – who has played a key role in Peugeot Sport’s various projects over the past year – is the best person to head the department which is staffed by outstanding professionals”.