• Russell Braithwaite

Chief Financial Officer

Russell Braithwaite is the Chief Financial Officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. He’s always had a love for racing and cars, since childhood, and now heads up the Finance department for the six-time F1 World Champions.

After graduating with an Accounting and Finance degree from Leicester University, Russell started his career working in various industry-based finance roles, including Financial Controller for Business Technology at ITV.

Russell has been part of the Daimler Group since 2002 and has worked across several different areas of the company since then. Initially, he joined Daimler UK as a Brand Financial Controller, before moving to the role of General Manager of Operational Excellence and Distribution at Mercedes-Benz UK in 2008.

After several years at MB UK, Russell moved to undertake an expatriate role in Dubai at Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East FZE as the Chief Financial Officer. It was then in 2018 that Russell joined the F1 Team as CFO, with his favourite memory so far being when we secured our fifth Constructors’ Championship – his second with the team, and the first where he’d overseen a full Financial cycle. “To share this sense of achievement with the team was amazing,” he said.

When asked to describe his job, Russell explained it’s a “very fine balance between performance enabling business partner and financial conscience”. The relentless effort to continuously raise the bar is what really stands out for Russell about working at the Mercedes F1 Team, alongside being able to collaborate with the high calibre of skilled individuals and the overall team spirit. 

Profile

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 16 September 1974
Place of Birth: Northampton, UK

Career

2018 Chief Financial Officer, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team
2011 Chief Financial Officer, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East FZE
2008 General Manager of Operational Excellence and Distribution, Mercedes-Benz UK
2002 Brand Financial Controller, Daimler UK
2000 Business Technology Financial Controller, ITV
1997 Management Accountant, RS Components 
1997 Management Accountant, Corporate Services Group