Norman Howell, F1's head of communication steps down

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Less than two years after joining The Formula One Group, director of communications Norman Howell has relinquished his role with the sport.

A former F1 correspondent for the Sunday Times, Howell headed communications for McLaren in 1990 before joining the FIA and then Formula 1 in the same capacity.

Howell was then put in charge of the Red Bulletin, published by Red Bull, before his recruitment by Liberty Media in February 2017 as director of global communications.

"As we embark on an exciting new chapter in Formula One's history, Norman brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to the newly enhanced leadership team," said F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches at the time.

"His extensive and demonstrated experience leading communications strategies for many of the world's most prestigious motorsport brands, together with his background as a journalist and social media specialist, align well with our objectives to broaden Formula 1's appeal and proactively engage the marketplace to elevate the exciting changes that we are envisioning and implementing."

Last week, according to Forbes, Howell's departure from The Formula One Group was disclosed on his LinkedIn account, his profile stating he had "now left Formula 1 after covering the digital and communication roles through the transition from Bernie Ecclestone's FOM to the present ownership of F1 by Liberty Media.

"I will take a short break and some thinking time before plunging headlong once more into the very exciting and ever-changing world of content communications," Howell added.

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