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 almost 30 years and has spent the last 15 working as 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 directly with the world's top drivers and team owners, giving him a privileged understanding of what it takes to be a world class competitor.
Head of Marketing at the highly successful, race winning 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 helped in 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. Between 2009 and 2011 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.
During his career Mark Gallagher has worked directly with drivers including Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Ayrton Senna, and also spent time as part of Jenson Button's management team.
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 in 2012 is an expert pundit and commentator at Formula One events with ESPN Star Sports, broadcasting to 24 countries and 36 Million F1 fans in Asia.
In 2012 Mark published 'The Business of Winning', a book drawing on the business lessons to be learned from the high finance, high octane world of Formula One.
Mark Gallagher's expertise has also been called upon by Disney Pixar for whom he acted as a industry consultant on the animated films CARS The Movie and CARS 2. Mark 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.
Having worked at the forefront of the Formula One motor racing industry, including executive roles at Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth, Mark Gallagher delivers inspirational business lessons learned from a diverse career spanning almost 30 years in this high technology sport.
Mark Gallagher’s public speaking career began in 1998 when he was asked to speak for BT at a major management conference in Vienna, joining Mikhail Gorbachev and the President of Sony Europe in delivering key note addresses. Little did he know that the inaugural speech he delivered was to be the first of hundreds of ‘content-rich’ business speaking appearances, made at a wide range of corporate events around the world.
Credible when it comes to speech content, and charismatic in delivery, Mark Gallagher is an excellent public speaker with a 15 year track record. His insight into motorsport’s ‘winning ways’ will resonate with performance-driven organisations.
Speech topics include:
• Teamwork, Motivation and Leadership
• Customer Service - the client-centric organisation
• Partnerships and Sponsorship
• Quality control systems and their importance in F1
• Managing Risk and Safety
• Change Management
Mark Gallagher was very well received on our management event focusing on leadership. His experience in Formula One related very well in terms of the issues concerning team building, motivation and having a clear vision for the organisation.
Your insights on team work and motivation were truly exceptional and we are delighted you could join us. Wonderful anecdotes, and very engaging.
On behalf of all the team at UK Sport thank you. Your presentation on The Power of Change was stimulating and entertaining, and the international audience was intrigued to find out more! It goes without saying that your passion for the subject matter was infectious.
Mark Gallagher's style and delivery were excellent, the speech had humour and yet kept the message we were trying to portray. His impact on the audience was very positive and motivating.
Mark Gallagher was excellent – very appropriate to the day but extremely humourous and engaging. His presentation was very relevant to us and the audience, he understood completely the brief given.
Thank you for presenting to us at the conference in Vienna. You made a great contribution to the Technology section of the conference and the Revolution theme as a whole. Judging from the buzz during coffee breaks and over meals you gave us all plenty to think about and debate. I am delighted to say that the initial response has been fantastic. Thank you for your entertaining, informative and thought provoking presentation.
Mark Gallagher's presentation was tailored to fit our business and conference theme, the delivery was professional, highly motivating and extremely interesting for our large international audience. Mark received excellent feedback from all delegates.
Having heard him speak at an EADS Engagement Forum in Paris I asked Mark Gallagher to speak at our Leadership Conference for Airbus in the UK. He was able to combine his experiences of F1, leadership and engagement in a humorous and enlightening way that really connected with the audience.
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