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Natalie Robyn has resigned from her role as the chief executive officer of motorsport's governing body, the FIA, after a mere 18 months in the position.

Robyn assumed her position in November 2022, as FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem sought to overhaul the organisation's management structure, but will leave at the end of May. The company revealed that Robyn had departed "by mutual agreement to explore opportunities beyond the FIA."

With over 15 years of experience in the automotive sector, Robyn was selected for her role. Before this, she served as the CEO of Volvo in Switzerland since 2017, and also held managerial roles at Nissan and DaimlerChrysler. Since joining, she played a pivotal role in revamping the FIA's structure and driving efforts to modernise its governance, while also contributing to enhancing its financial stability.

However, reports suggest that a desire to return to the automotive industry has prompted a reassessment of her career plans. Consequently, she has reached an agreement with the FIA to step down at the end of this month. On her decision, Robyn said, “Performing in the role of CEO at the FIA has been an enormous privilege, and I am grateful to have directed a programme of restructuring and reform.

“Now is the time to step away in the knowledge that the organisation is better placed for the challenges which lie ahead. I take great pride in my role in advancing the FIA's transformation across both Sport and Mobility, and I am pleased to leave an organisation comprised of a wonderful team of talented and dedicated individuals.”

Robyn has left her position as CEO of motorsport's governing body. FIA
Robyn has left her position as CEO of motorsport's governing body. FIA

FIA President Sulayem added, “Natalie’s appointment was notable as the first CEO in the history of the FIA. She has contributed greatly to a wide-ranging re-organisation of our operational and management structure as well as our financial sustainability. On behalf of the FIA, I wish her well in her future endeavours.” Her exit comes on the heels of the resignations of sporting director Steve Nielsen, single-seater technical director Tim Goss, and head of the Women's Commission, Deborah Mayer.

Subsequently, the FIA revealed that former Alfa Romeo technical director Jan Monchaux would succeed Goss, reporting directly to the long-serving single-seater technical director Nikolas Tombazis. The relationship between Liberty Media-owned Formula One and the FIA soured last year, as the two entities clashed over several matters, including the potential expansion of F1 to 11 teams.