Posted: 3 March, 2013
V8 Supercars Championship Chairman passes away in Melbourne hospital
James Strong has passed away (Image Credit: Gulf News)
V8 Supercars Championship Chairman James Strong has passed away at the age of just 68.
Strong replaced founding chairman Tony Cochrane in November last year.
He was chief executive and managing director of Qantas from 1993 until 2001 and a former chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Strong also held senior roles with Woolworths, Rip Curl, IAG and Kathmandu.
He died in a hospital in Melbourne on Sunday evening, the ABC reports.
Strong was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to business and commerce and to the arts as an administrator and philanthropist.
V8 Supercars CEO David Malone said in November, when Strong was appointed, Strong "will help guide V8 Supercars through its next growth phase and his corporate experience and motorsport knowledge will be invaluable as the board and management team embark on that process".
Official Statement From Family
James Strong passed away peacefully in Sydney on the 3rd March 2013 from lung complications following surgery. A beautiful man and a great loss. He will be profoundly missed by many.
The family appreciates your thoughts at this difficult time and would like to thank the staff at the Mater Hospital for their care.
Funeral arrangements will be advised but the family would appreciate that the media respect their privacy at this time.
V8 Supercars Statement
"It is with immense sadness today that V8 Supercars mark the passing of our Non-Executive Chairman James Strong.
James leaves an indelible mark on the business world in his lifetime of work across corporate Australia as a humble and esteemed business man.