Formula One team Williams Group has appointed Graeme Hackland as director responsible for the overall technical, operational and delivery for all IT projects within the group.

It is a newly-created role, and Hackland's responsibilities will encompass the group's F1 and Advanced Engineering divisions.

Hackland joins from the Lotus F1 Team, where he was IT/IS director since 2010. He has held other roles at Lotus after joining 16 years ago.

He said: "The Williams F1 Team has engineering excellence at the heart of its DNA, and Williams Advanced Engineering has an enviable reputation for world class technical innovation. I'm excited to play a part in the future success of Williams, bringing my love of applying technology to complex business challenges, especially at a time of major change within Formula One's technical regulations."

Hackland originally joined Lotus' Benetton Formula Ltd brand in 1997 as a network support analyst, and was promoted to IT manager in 2002. He became head of information systems (IS) in 2009.

At Williams, Hackland will also join the company's executive committee.

Williams' group CEO, Mike O'Driscoll, welcomed Hackland's extensive F1 experience.

"As a rapidly expanding high technology business it is important that we continue to invest in the very best IT facilities and personnel. Graeme is the ideal person to direct our IT infrastructure moving forwards and his vast knowledge of the Formula One operating environment will be particularly invaluable."