Mark Gallagher Speaker, Speeches, Booking Agent | MFL Global

Mark Gallagher

Formula One Management Expert formerly of Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth

Mark Gallagher has worked in the high performance environment of Formula One motor racing for over 30 years.  Today he is a Formula One analyst for the BBC, makes regular appearances on global media outlets and is founder of his own consulting business, Performance Insights Ltd.

Mark Gallagher’s management career in Formula One included more than a decade on the management board of the highly successful Jordan Grand Prix team, running the world famous Cosworth engine business and establishing the commercial arm of Red Bull Racing which went on to become 4-times World Champions.  During his career he has worked with many of the sport’s leading drivers, including former World Champions Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button.  He still works closely with a number of the sport’s major stars including David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve.

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 the team’s day-to-day marketing and commercial activities.  He became part of the newly created Red Bull Racing management team in 2004, and was invited to lead Cosworth’s return to Formula One as an engine and technology supplier in 2010, overseeing its supply of one-third of the teams on the starting grid.

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Along the way Mark Gallagher founded Status Grand Prix, which won the 2009 Motorsport World Cup of Motorsport and became a race-winning team in junior formulae as well as competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours sport car race.  He helped developed the new hybrid petrol-electric engine regulations introduced into Formula One in 2014, became a Formula One industry analyst for the BBC in 2015 and recently 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 II.

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Topics

Managing Risk and Safety

A sport that witnessed 47 drivers killed between 1950 and 1994 has shown what can be achieved when a business culture is reprioritised towards safety-first. Under the leadership of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, the teams achieved a paradigm shift, recording zero driver fatalities in the 18 years since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix weekend. The lessons learned in F1 have been so profound, that they have been widely applied to road safety programmes, including the European Union’s NCAP safety certification initiative.

Teamwork

Formula One™ requires competitors to develop world -class team work, seamless collaboration with key partners and an unwavering focus on delivery.
The team culture that pervades Formula One teams is a vital ingredient to achieve success. These teams employ many hundreds of staff and work with dozens of key technical partners, all working towards the immoveable deadlines of 20 Grands Prix across the globe. The relentless quest for improvement never ceases.

Leadership

Good leadership is pivotal to the success of any organisation. The complex nature of modern Formula One™ teams means that their leaders need to possess a wide range of skills, enabling them to manage the demands of a high technology manufacturing business, combined with building a multi-national team capable of achieving world-class sporting success.
Leadership is also a recognised quality of the top drivers in Formula One, from the late Ayrton Senna to the most successful driver of all time, Michael Schumacher, who demonstrated great internal leadership during his dominant years at Ferrari.

Motivation

How do you motivate people to go that extra mile, to do whatever is necessary to get the job done, often in the face of adversity whether it be a seemingly impossible deadline, limited resources or against formidable opposition?
Developing personnel, understanding their inner motivations, cultivating team spirit and creating an atmosphere within which the job always gets done, the deadlines always met, and goals constantly pursued; this is the requirement, whether in Formula One or any other business.

Client Centricity

A Formula One™ team needs to be a customer-focused business like any other. Winning, sustaining and growing customer relationships to develop a profitable business able to invest in its future.
For the benchmark teams in F1, long-term success has been created through the successful delivery of customer-centric strategies aimed at ensuring that, whether the team wins the race or finishes last, the customers always come first and their goals are achieved.

Innovation and Creativity

Technical innovation lies at the heart of Formula One™ as the teams seek improvements to vehicle and team performance season to season, race to race, embracing new ideas in their battle against both the competition and the restrictions upon them by the sports governing body. As the teams innovate to improve performance, their opposition watches carefully, copying ideas, enhancing them where fresh opportunities are pinpointed.
It comes as no surprise to see Formula One innovations employed in businesses, from automotive to defense, or in sports including cycling and sailing.

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Having heard him speak at an EADS Engagement Forum in Paris I asked Mark 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.

Airbus

Mark'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.

Marriott Hotels International Ltd

Mark brought the glitz of Formula 1™ racing right back to the basics of business and the fundamental role powerful teamwork, at all levels, plays in an enterprise's success. A compelling, insightful and inspiring story for all personnel in any organisation!

HEINEKEN Ireland

Thank you for your wonderful presentation. Your insights on the team work and motivation were truly exceptional.

British Airways

Publications

The Business of Winning

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Grand Prix The Last 25 Years

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    Up to £7k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom

Languages

English

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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