F1: Head of marketing and communications leaves F1

Formula 1’s marketing chief Ellie Norman is leaving the organization after four-and-a-half years. She may have been terminated, but we do not know for certain.

Norman joined the organization following the acquisition of the sport by Liberty Media in 2017 from Virgin Media. Norman started as the sports director of marketing before being promoted the following year to director of marketing communications.

She will leave today, and temporarily the marketing department will report to Sacha Woodward Hill, general counsel for Formula 1 and a member of its board of director, until new arrangements are made.

Commenting on her role with the sport, Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of Formula 1, said “under Ellie’s leadership of the marketing team, we have rebranded Formula 1 and modernized its approach to fan engagement, which has led to strong growth in our fan base across the world.”

She was responsible for having Grid Girls removed from F1, putting a lot of woman out of a job. Was she also responsible for the recent banning of military flyovers before the races – both very popular with the fans? Was she terminated for these dumb moves? No reason was given for her departure. Sounds like it was sudden.