Frédéric Lequien has been appointed head of Le Mans Endurance Management, the organization responsible for managing the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series.
Lequien, 48, succeeds Gérard Neveu who had held the position of CEO of LMEM since 2012.
Neveu announced his season-ending departure from the role last September, shortly after this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
His successor Lequien was previously Deputy Managing Director and spokesperson for the Dakar Rally from 2005 to 2011 before setting up a marketing and events agency that organized the Silk Way Rally.
He was also Project Manager for Eurosport International from 2002 to 2005, leading the hospitality aspect of LG Super Racing Weekend events which included the FIA GT Championship and European Touring Car Championship races.
“I am proud and honored to join LMEM,” said Lequien.
“Both WEC and ELMS are world-renowned championships. We intend to continue to attract a mix of factory and private teams and are ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Lequien’s first year as CEO of LMEM will include the launch of the Formula Le Mans Hypercar and the implementation of a shorter and less expensive six-round WEC season.
He should also be involved in the prototype convergence process between ACO and IMSA.
“I extend a warm welcome to Frédéric Lequien, on behalf of the ACO and the LMEM,” said Pierre Fillon, president of Le Mans, organizer of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
“This appointment is great news for the endurance world. With 20 years in motorsport, Frédéric brings invaluable expertise to this position.
Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission, added: “I wish Frédéric Lequien my best wishes in his new role as CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management.
“In many ways 2021 marks a new chapter for the sport and I’m sure that with new leadership at the helm the FIA World Endurance Championship will get better and better.”
The outgoing LMEM boss Neveu is now the CEO of the Le Mans Esports Series and is also expected to work in an advisory role on the prototype convergence process.