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  • Sauber's Monisha Kaltenborn Becomes F1's First Female Principal

    Monisha Kaltenborn, left, takes over from Peter Sauber as team principal of the Sauber F1 Team.

    Sauber F1 Team Principal PETER SAUBER has "stepped down from his position and appointed Sauber F1 Team CEO MONISHA KALTENBORN as his successor," according to the APA. Kaltenborn has thereby become the first female team principal in F1 history. Sauber will continue his position as president of the board of all Sauber group companies. Sauber, who turns 69 on Saturday, founded the team more than 40 years ago. Almost 20 years ago, the team participated in its first F1 race. Kaltenborn, who has been the team's CEO since '10, joined the Sauber team in '00. The 41-year-old Kaltenborn, an Austrian citizen with Indian roots, also owns a third of the company shares (APA, 10/11). REUTERS' Alan Baldwin reported the "cigar-smoking Swiss [Sauber] said that he wanted to stand back and did not intend to be on the pit wall at the age of 70." Sauber said in a statement: "We decided a long time ago that Monisha would take over from me, but we left the timing open. Now is a good time for both of us, so this is the right moment to pass on the baton. There have been a number of races I've been unable to attend, most recently the Japanese Grand Prix, where the team put in an excellent performance. I'm in no doubt that Monisha has all the necessary skills to be an outstanding team principal, and I'm equally certain she will ensure that the values underpinning the company live on. That is very important to me" (REUTERS, 10/11).

    A BIG JOB: Kaltenborn said, "Naturally I'm very aware of the major responsibility I have for Peter Sauber's racing team. He founded the team over 40 years ago, and in the spring it will be 20 years since Sauber lined up for its debut Formula One Grand Prix. I have set my sights high and am committed to taking the team forward as Peter Sauber would want and leading it on to success" (, 10/11) Red Bull Team Principal CHRISTIAN HORNER said, "It's great for Monisha. She has done a super job at Sauber over the last few years, she has been effectively been performing that role without the job title. It's good for her and for women in motorsport. In our own team we have more and more women taking predominant roles. It is very healthy and should be applauded" (BBC, 10/11).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Former Indian cricket captain ANIL KUMBLE will be the next chair of the Int'l Cricket Council Technical Committee. The "much-feted legend" succeeds former West Indies captain CLIVE LLOYD. The decision was taken in the exec committee meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Kumble is also the Karnataka State Cricket Association President and a mentor of Indian Premier League team Royal Challenger Bangalore. A source said: "Kumble's name was always on the cards because of his wealth of experience. He was [the Board of Control for Cricket in India's] choice, and he plays important roles in the cricket affairs in his state and country" (TNN, 10/11). ICC President ALAN ISAAC said, "In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience, not only as a player with India, but also as an administrator with Karnataka State Cricket Association as well.”  According to ICC sources, Kumble "has been given a two-year term." The Cricket Committee meets twice a year, and the second meeting of the year is likely to be held in November (PTI, 10/11). Meanwhile, Former England captain ANDREW STRAUSS has been appointed to the ICC's cricket committee. Strauss, who retired in August, replaces West Indian IAN BISHOP, who opted not to continue in the role (BBC, 10/11).

    MORE TRANSACTIONS: Greece Super League football club AEK Athens "appointed EWALD LIENEN as its new head coach." The 58-year-old German signed a deal until June 30 with the option for another year (DPA, 10/10). ... UAE football club Ittihad Kalba has named Tunisian LOTFI BENZARTI as coach "after parting ways" with Croatian DRAGAN TALAJIC earlier this week. Benzarti spent last season at Emirates club (THE NATIONAL, 10/10). ... Former England rugby captain BILL BEAUMONT has been elected chairman of the Six Nations Council. Beaumont succeeds DAVID PICKERING of Wales, and “his three-year term of office begins immediately.” Beaumont previously lost out to France’s BERNARD LAPASSET in his bid to become Int’l Rugby Board president. Also added to the Six Nations Council was PAT WHELAN as vice chairman, “with immediate effect,” as well (AFP, 10/11). ... Kickboxing promotion company Glory Sports Int’l appointed sports business professional GRAEME WHITE as COO of professional kickboxing league Glory World Series. Based in Singapore, White will report to Glory Managing Dir MARCUS LUER. Most recently, White played an integral role in building the Roots of Fight brand of mini-doc films and licensed apparel that includes names such as MUHAMMAD ALI, BRUCE LEE and the Gracie family, who is best-known for their founding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Glory Sports Int’l).

    GROWING IN INDIA: Former top Fox Sports exec ED GOREN has been named director of strategic alliances as a board member for the Elite Football League of India. Goren said, "My intention is to help the EFLI become one of the most recognizable brands in India's young, vibrant and growing sports industry. The American football league has added Goren to a list of talent that includes SANDY GROSSMAN, Eight-time Emmy Award Winning TV director; MARK WAHLBERG, Time Magazine's top 100 most influential people in the the world; KURT and BRENDA WARNER, philanthropists and TV personality; MIKE DITKA, MICHAEL IRVIN and RON JAWORSKI (former NFL players and TV personalities); BRANDON CHILLAR, Indian athlete and former NFL player; GIBRAN HAMDEN, first professional Pakistani NFL player (EFLI).

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  • Names In The News

    A "list of 101 notable Chinese figures" recently published by Taiwanese web portal included 2011 French Open women's champion LI NA and former NBA player YAO MING (, 10/7). ... South Korean singer PSY, "whose hit song 'Gangnam Style' has taken the pop world by storm," will wave the checkered flag at the F1 Korean Grand Prix on Sunday, where he will also be performing live (AFP, 10/11). ... Former Sydney Roosters MATTHEW ELLIOTT will be named head coach of the National Rugby League New Zealand Warriors on Friday. The new coach will "face something of a player rebellion" after several stars last night questioned why interim coach TONY IRO was not given the job. Forward ELIJAH TAYLOR said, "The players all want Tony to be the coach" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/12). ... Cardiac arrest survivor FABRICE MUAMBA has been invited by FIFA President SEPP BLATTER to Zurich next month to discuss a possible role with the organization. Speaking at the Leaders in Football convention in London he said that he now found going to matches "tough emotionally, but was attracted to a career in sports politics." He said, "I like this kind of side of it, making decisions" (REUTERS, 10/11).

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  • Twitter Me This...

    Toro Rosso F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo tweeted this picture: "GPDA dinner in Korea. Some F1 bonding 😍"

    NFL San Francisco 49ers player Joe Staley: "Pretty pumped about playing in London again next season"

    NFL San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York: "Excited to represent the NFL in London again next year. Jax is hosting the @49ers week 8"

    Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl: "Saw "Rooney to captain England" and thought it read "Romney to captain England." Need more coffee this morning."

    AP's Rob Harris: "Ex-Man City chief Garry Cook describes Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre as "Hollywood star" on #Leaders2012 platform"

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