Getting to know: Monisha Kaltenborn

Monisha Kaltenborn, former Team Principal Sauber F1 Team.

Personal details:

Date/place of birth: 10th May 1971 / Dehradun (India)
Nationality: Austrian
Residence: Küsnacht, Switzerland
Marital status: Married to Jens, one son (2002), one daughter (2005)
Hobbies: Yoga, tennis, opera

Monisha Kaltenborn was born in Dehradun, India. Her family emigrated to Vienna, Austria when she was a child, and she took Austrian citizenship. From 1990 to 1995 she studied for Law at the University of Vienna, and completed a master's degree in International Business Law at the London School of Economics in 1996. Whilst still a student in Vienna, she worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the UN Commission for International Trade Law, and on completion of her studies she worked for various legal firms: first in Stuttgart, Germany with Gleiss Lutz; then back in Vienna with Wolf & Theis, and finally for the Fritz Kaiser Group in 1998–1999.

At this stage, Kaiser was a co-owner of the Sauber Formula One team, along with founder and team principal Peter Sauber and Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, and Kaltenborn was employed to take charge of the team's corporate and legal affairs. By 2000, Kaiser had sold his shares but Kaltenborn remained with the team as the head of its legal department. From 2001, she has been a member of its management board, and in early 2010, following the team's return to independent status following the withdrawal of former partner BMW, she was appointed CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG. She is also involved in the FIA's Commission for Women and Motorsport, under Michèle Mouton. On May 16, 2012, Peter Sauber transferred a third of the Sauber team to Kaltenborn, making her a part owner. In October of the same year, he retired from front-line management of the team, handing her the role of team principal.

On June 21, 2017 it was confirmed by Sauber's Chairman of the Board, Pascal Picci, that Monisha Kaltenborn is no longer Team Principal at Sauber.

In her first job in Stuttgart, Monisha met Jens Kaltenborn and later married him in Dehradun. They have two children and live in Küsnacht, which is close to the Sauber factory in Hinwil, Switzerland.


2012-2017 Team Principal Sauber F1 Team
2011 Acquires a third of the shares in the Sauber F1 Team
2010 CEO Sauber Motorsport AG
2001 Member of the Board of Management
2000 Sauber Group, Head of the Legal Department
1998-1999 Fritz Kaiser Group, legal and corporate affairs of the Red Bull Sauber F1 Team
1997-1998 Law firm Wolf, Theis + Partner in Vienna, Austria
1996-1997 Law firm Gleiss, Lutz, Hootz, Hirsch in Stuttgart, Germany
1996 Master of Law, International Business Law, at the London School of Economics
1995 Research assistant at the UN Organisation for Industrial Development in Vienna
1995 Research work for the UN Commission for International Trade Law in Vienna
1994 Seminar on International Civil Law, Hague Academy for International Law
1990–1995 Law degree at the University of Vienna (AT), qualified as Magister iuris

COURTESY OF Sauber F1 Team.