DS PENSKE has named Eugenio Franzetti Director of DS Performance, having previously held roles across the Stellantis group at Peugeot, DS Automobiles and Citroen.
Franzetti was Communications and Competitions Director at Peugeot in Italy, and held directorships at DS, Citroen and Peugeot in the country before becoming director of the DS brand in Italy.
He will oversee the global competitive division of DS Automobiles, marrying its knowledge and expertise in close collaboration with PENSKE AUTOSPORT, with the new partnership now set in motion for the Gen3 era. Franzetti succeeds Thomas Chevaucher, who now takes responsibility for technical development and exploitation of the Formula E programme for Stellantis Motorsport.
“Joining the DS Performance team is a dream come true! I have been passionate about motorsport since I was a child and to be able to turn my passion into my job is a great opportunity for me," says Franzetti. "I look forward to working closely with our great champions, Stoffel and JEV, building up a strong partnership with PENSKE AUTOSPORT, highlighting our future victories, and showcasing the technologies developed by DS Performance thanks to this magnificent world championship.”
“I am pleased to welcome Eugenio Franzetti to head up the DS Performance team," adds Beatrice Foucher, CEO, DS Automobiles. "His knowledge of the brand in his previous management role leading DS Italy, coupled with his experience in marketing, communication, and motorsport, are all assets that will contribute to the strengthening of the DS name and influence in Formula E.
"DS Performance is a true open air laboratory for us, and a valuable tool to develop our 100% electric strategy and the competitiveness of our cars. Eugenio will be responsible for leading DS Performance into this new phase of acceleration in collaboration with Thomas Chevaucher, technical director of the FE programme at Stellantis.”
New Director of DS Performance Eugenio Franzetti
“The appointment of Eugenio Franzetti strengthens DS Performance and its partnership with PENSKE AUTOSPORT," says Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP, Stellantis Motorsport.
"Eugenio embodies the DS Automobiles brand through everything he has achieved previously. His extensive experience in communications and marketing, as well as his expertise in high-level motorsport will allow him to showcase the brand’s technological and operational excellence, the platform from which Thomas Chevaucher will focus on developing further success.”