Louis Camilleri Bows out as Ferrari CEO over Alleged Health Complications

Published 12/11/2020, 1:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


Louis Camilleri, CEO of Ferrari, announced that he will be retiring with immediate effect, citing personal reasons. He has been running the company since July 2018, after replacing Sergio Marchionne.

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However, after just two-and-a-half years, Louis has shown exited the company. As of now, some of Ferrari’s representatives revealed that the 65-year-old had been recovering from COVID-19.

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Hence, it is likely that this could be a reason behind his shocking announcement. Effectively, Ferrari’s Executive Chairman, John Elkann, will take over the position for the time being. However, Ferrari is in search of a permanent solution to the CEO position.

Statement Released by Ferrari

Following the resignation, Louis opened up on his sudden announcement. His statement read: “Ferrari has been a part of my life and serving as its Chief Executive has been a great privilege. My admiration for the extraordinary men and women of Maranello and for the passion and dedication they apply to everything they do, knows no bounds. I’m proud of the Company’s numerous achievements since 2018 and know that Ferrari’s best years are still to come.”

Apart from giving up his position in the Italian company, he also announced his exit from Philip Morris International, where he had been serving as Chairman.

John Elkann comments on Louis’s retirement

John, who is set to take up the role of CEO, expressed his gratitude for his 65-year-old predecessor. “I would like to express our most sincere thanks to Louis for his unstinting dedication as our Chief Executive Officer since 2018 and as member of our Board of Directors since 2015,” he said.

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Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu

We wish him and his family a long and happy retirement.”

Louis denied revealing his primary reason behind withdrawing from the massive role at Ferrari. However, Ferrari, earlier mentioned that Louis was apparently struck by COVID-19.

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Although he never had any severe symptoms, he had been placed under observation for a few weeks in the hospital. Following his return home to New York, Louis announced his retirement.

Hence, the timing of the events suggests that COVID-19 could be one of the major reasons behind his decision.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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