Porsche Motorsport North America names new president
Paul S. Ritchie, executive director – engineering operations for Magna Steyr North America, and former chief executive officer of Porsche Engineering Services, Inc. USA, has been named president of Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA).
He will succeed Uwe Brettel, who will take over new responsibilities in the management of Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Germany. Ritchie will join the PMNA team on November 15, 2007, while Brettel will return to Weissach by the end of March, 2008.
“Uwe has grown the Porsche Motorsport activities in the United States significantly since he arrived in 2003, increasing the presence and services of PMNA in various U.S. racing platforms. He also gained the confidence of both customers and sanctioning bodies,” said Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche Motorsport worldwide.
“Paul Ritchie’s familiarity with Porsche, the original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket parts and engineering business, and all forms of high tech engineering, makes him a perfect successor to take over and continue the job that Uwe has started,” said Kristen.
As CEO for Porsche Engineering Services, Mr. Ritchie was responsible for the overall direction of the company as well as developing goals, operating plans and policies for Porsche Engineering Services (PES). He previously held the positions of acting CEO, COO and director of engineering. Prior to joining PES, Mr. Ritchie spent 16 years in the engineering services industry in North America and 12 years in the automotive and aerospace industries in Europe. Ritchie’s experience includes 28 years of success in engineering services which is driven by intense customer development, confidence in relationships and execution of projects.
Mr. Ritchie received his Engineering Qualification in Aerospace Design from
Kingston–upon–Hull College of Technology, and his expertise in body structure development has led to a number of accreditations and achievements within the automotive industry.
With a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Aalen (Germany), Brettel joined Porsche AG in 1995 in Weissach, Germany, as a customer service engineer for the Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup programs. He then became director of the Supercup program in 1997 and was heading the one-make Cup Organization in 1998.
Brettel also worked with the successful Porsche GT1 Le Mans program and established the UPS Porsche Junior Team Program, where he graduated American Le Mans Series stars Lucas Luhr, Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, and Mike Rockenfeller among others.
Porsche Motorsport, located in Weissach, Germany, is the Porsche factory division that responsible for all worldwide Porsche motorsports activities. This includes not only the development, building, servicing of race car models, and all customer racing programs, but also the development of street models like the 911 GT3, the 911 GT2 or previously the Carrera GT. Porsche Motorsport North America, located in Santa Ana, CA, provides a support system for its U.S. professional and customer racing activities, a unique system unavailable from any other auto manufacturer to this day.