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Gerard Quinn
Director, Ford Motorsport (2009-2019)

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Ford of Europe has announced that Gerard Quinn has been appointed Senior Manager, Motorsport, a role which replaces that of Mark Deans who has decided to leave the firm.

Deans who had been Ford of Europe's Motorsport Director since November 2007 elected to retire from the company to pursue personal projects.

In his new position Quinn will lead Ford’s motorsport programmes in Europe, and will work alongside Malcolm Wilson, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Director, on Ford’s WRC programme.

A self-confessed 'petrol head', 45-year-old Quinn joined Ford in 1988 at the company's Dagenham plant in England, and progressed through a number of management positions before being appointed to his previous role of Dealer Operations Manager for Ford of Ireland in June 2008.

Quinn has gained experience on Ford's motorsport activities in his previous roles and, before joining Ford, he was already very active in the organisational side of grass roots motorsport in his home town through the Cork Motor Club in Ireland.

Quinn is looking forward to his first event as head of the team, but is no stranger to the WRC: "I'm excited at the prospect of joining the M-Sport team in Greece. I have a good relationship already with Malcolm Wilson, and I'll be looking forward to seeing the drivers again. We're relying on them to deliver more success there with the Focus RS WRC!" he said

Ingvar Sviggum, Ford of Europe's Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service said: “Gerard has a wealth of experience inside Ford having worked his way along the ladder of opportunity to become a valued member of the management team. He knows Malcolm Wilson and the M-Sport team well, and his understanding of both the motorsport business and our corporate strategy is precisely what we need during this difficult economic period."

Sviggum also paid tribute to Mark Deans, saying he had had been a great asset to the Ford Motorsport team over the last 18 months. "He has helped to keep our WRC activity running through the industry crisis, and delivered an impressive one-two victory with the team in the most recent rally in Sardinia,” said Sviggum. “We're grateful for Mark's commitment and dedication to the company during his 29-year career with Ford, and we wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

Gerard Quinn
Gerard Quinn