Kaltenborn receives big stake in Sauber team

Monisha Kaltenborn

Monisha Kaltenborn

May 17 (Reuters) The Swiss founder and owner of Sauber has given the Formula One team’s chief executive a third of the company to ensure she stays on to lead it after he retires.

R-L: Sergio Perez (MEX); Kamui Kobayashi (JPN); Peter Sauber (SUI) Team Principal; Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber Chief Executive Officer; Alex Sauber (SUI) Sauber Marketing Manager; Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Test and Reserve Driver, with the Sauber C31. Sauber C31 Studio Images, Hinwil, Switzerland, 6 February 2012.Peter Sauber, 68, transferred the stake to Indian-born CEO Monisha Kaltenborn at the end of last year but the agreement was only made public on Wednesday.

Sauber has designated Kaltenborn, an Austrian national, to succeed him as team principal when he does retire, although he has not set a date for his departure.

“When BMW pulled out of F1 in 2009, Monisha Kaltenborn was instrumental in the team’s survival and since then she has been doing outstanding work in her capacity as CEO,” Peter Sauber said in a statement.

“My desire is to ensure that the company continues to be led as I would want over the long term,” he added.

Sauber bought back control of the business when German car maker BMW, which owned an 80 percent stake, dropped out of the sport.

The logo of Champions League finalists Chelsea is now on Sauber cars after they agreed to a partnership last month.

Sauber drivers Sergio Perez of Mexico and Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi have picked up 41 points this season to put the team in seventh in F1’s constructor standings.