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Mike O'Driscoll was born in Coventry, England. He began his career in the automotive industry as a business student in the late 1970s with Jaguar Rover Triumph in the UK, and held various positions in the company's Finance, Product Development and Marketing functions. Mike has an MBA from the University of Warwick.

In 1987, Mike moved to the United States as Marketing & Product Planning Manager for Jaguar North America. In 1992 he was appointed General Sales Manager for Jaguar in the USA, a position he held until 1995 when he left to join Ford Motor Company, where he held a number of executive positions. Mike returned to Jaguar in 2000 as president of the North American operation. The following year he became president for Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover North America, a position he held for the next six years.

Mike moved back to the UK in 2007 as the Jaguar Managing Director, to lead Jaguar Cars through the sale process to Tata Motors. Over the next four years he revitalised the Jaguar brand and oversaw the introduction of an all-new product line-up, including the launch of the award-winning XF, XJ, and XK, which dramatically transformed the business. He led the early development of the universally acclaimed F-Type sports car, and the stunning C-X75 supercar concept, which he introduced at the Paris Salon in the autumn of 2010.

Mike retired from his full-time duties as a Director of Jaguar Land Rover at the end of March 2011 and returned to his home in the US. He remains Chairman of Jaguar Heritage, an independent trust that manages the brand's museum and classic car collection, and regularly drives at classic car events. He is a passionate automobile enthusiast and has served as a judge at historic sports car concours, and consulted on classic car collections. He has a home in the Washington D.C. area and is married with three children.

Mike joined Williams as a Non-Executive Director in 2011 and became full-time Group CEO in June 2013. The newly-created role has seen Williams Martini Racing and Williams Advanced Engineering united under one management structure which enables Mike to oversee the long term strategy of the group and provide support to Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams, and to work in partnership with Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director. Mike leads the Executive Committee and reports to Sir Frank Williams and the Williams Grand Prix Holdings board.