Todt resigns as Ferrari CEO, replaced by Felisa

Ferrari Formula One team chief Jean Todt seen during a news conference at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo in this October 19, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

MILAN (Reuters) - Ferrari Chief Executive Officer Jean Todt resigned on Tuesday and will be replaced by General Manager Amedeo Felisa, the company said in a statement.

Todt headed Ferrari’s Formula One team when the Italian carmaker won six straight constructors’ titles between 1999 and 2004 with driver Michael Schumacher. In 2006 Todt became CEO of the Maranello, Italy-based luxury sportscar builder.

Todt said he had wanted to stay at Ferrari while Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was chairman of Italy’s employers body. Now Montezemolo is back at Ferrari Todt said he could “dedicate more time to myself and the things I’m interested in”.

Todt will remain a board member as well as chairman of Ferrari Asia Pacific and Ferrari West Europe. He will also be charged by Montezemolo to carry out special assignments for Ferrari’s racing operations, the company said.

Felisa, 62, joined Ferrari in 1990 and was named general manager two years ago.

Ferrari is a unit of Italian carmaker Fiat.