The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced Frédéric Lequien as CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management, succeeding Gérard Neveu in overseeing the day-to-day running of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
Lequien, 48, arrives with a record of senior management experience in international motorsport.
As project manager in charge of negotiations with local promoters and circuits at Eurosport International (2002-5), he developed the hospitality aspects of the LG Super Racing Weekends (FIA GT and ETCC).
At Amaury Sport Organisation (2005-11), he was deputy general manager and spokesman of the Dakar rally and in 2012 he opened a specialist marketing and events agency, organising the Silk Way Rally.
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “I extend a warm welcome to Frédéric Lequien, on behalf of the ACO and LMEM. This appointment is excellent news for the world of endurance racing. With 20 years in motorsport, Frédéric brings valuable expertise to this position.”
Frédéric Lequien, CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management: “I am proud and honoured to join LMEM. The WEC and the ELMS are both world-renowned championships. We intend to continue attracting a mix of factory and private teams and are ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.”
Richard Mille, FIA Endurance Commission President: “I would like to wish Frédéric Lequien all the best in his new role as the CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management. In many ways, 2021 marks a new chapter for the sport and I’m sure that with new management at the helm the FIA World Endurance Championship will go from strength to strength.”