JÉRÔME STOLL – President, Renault Sport Racing
Jérôme Stoll has been Renault Sport F1’s president since July 2014. He also occupies the position of chief performance officer of the Renault Group, with the mission to lead the regions in order to deliver expected results in volume and profit. This dual role matches the background and profile of Stoll, who graduated from the top Ecole Supérieure de Commerce business school in Paris. For this senior executive, the racing activity must be in line with the policy defined by the brand’s communications and marketing departments. He joined Renault in 1980, whereafter he held several senior management positions in France, Korea, and Brazil. A close relation of company CEO Carlos Ghosn, he applied the same method to help get Renault Samsung back on its feet.
In late 2014, Stoll started carrying out a reflection on Renault’s grand prix programme in association with Cyril Abiteboul. He is also the link between Renault’s Executive Committee and the F1 hub at Viry-Châtillon. Stoll knew Renault’s return as a constructor had to be a unifying endeavour if it were to be approved by Ghosn. He also had to make sure the project was financially viable by negotiating higher FOM rights with F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, so Renault would not need a bigger budget than what it had been spending as an engine supplier. Stoll now looks to ensure seamless cooperation between Viry and Enstone, with the F1 team envisioned as a true part of the Renault group, especially its Technocentre.