Formula One is a unique mix of business and sport, where strong leadership, efficient team work, split second decision making and a clear focus on delivery are required to compete at the highest levels in the 20 Grand Prix' which comprise the FIA Formula One World Championship.
Mark Gallagher has worked in Formula One for over 30 years and with many of them spent working as a senior executive within the management of Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth.
While operating at the centre of this fascinating sports business, Mark has worked with the world's top F1 drivers and team owners, giving him a privileged understanding of what it takes to be a world class competitor. He has worked directly with world champions Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Jacques Villeneuve and also spent time as part of Jenson Button's management team.
Mark’s career in Formula One started in 1983, spending seven years working in the media and as a consultant to Philip Morris International before joining Eddie Jordan’s fledgling Grand Prix team in 1990. He was a member of the team's management board, having full responsibility for day-to-day marketing and commercial activities. The team became championship challengers in 1999 with Mark playing a pivotal role in building one of Formula One's most recognisable brands.
As Head of Marketing at the highly successful Jordan team over a ten year period, Mark Gallagher was famously described as 'head of making things happen' in Eddie Jordan's dynamic organisation. He then joined Jaguar Racing and in 2004 helped its transition into the now-dominant Red Bull Racing team, before taking over responsibility from 2009 until 2011 for the return of Cosworth to Formula One. During this period, Mark was directly responsible for supplying one third of the Formula One teams with engine technology, re-establishing the Cosworth F1 business which has powered 13 Drivers Champions and won 176 Grand Prix' - second only to Ferrari.
Since 2005 Mark has also co-owned his own racing team, Status Grand Prix based at Silverstone in the UK, which won the 2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, has scored multiple victories in the GP3 feeder-series to Formula One and competes in the Le Mans sports car racing series. Status has three times won the 'Best Presented Team' Award, setting the benchmark in professionalism and presentation.
Today Mark Gallagher heads a sports investment group, sits on the board of Status Grand Prix and uses his vast experience of the Formula One industry to work with teams, sponsors and drivers. He also makes regular appearances in the media, notably with Sky News, and has been an expert pundit and commentator at Formula One events with ESPN Star Sports, broadcasting to 24 countries and 36 Million F1 fans in Asia.
More recently, Mark worked with the sports governing body, the FIA, to develop the new hybrid petrol-electric engine regulations introduced into Formula One in 2014. In the same year he published his second book - 'The Business of Winning - Strategic Success from the Formula One track to the Boardroom'.
Between 2005 and 2009 Mark was motor sport consultant to Disney Pixar on CARS and CARS 2. Mark also co-ordinated an agreement with Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone which enabled Disney Pixar to host its European media launch of CARS The Movie at the Spanish Grand Prix, and enjoys first hand experience of working with the man who created the global sport of F1.