The FIA Senate has increased its membership to 16, in accordance with the new FIA Statutes, which give the FIA President the power to nominate four candidates. This means that there are now eight elected members, four members by right (included on the President’s election ticket) and four presidential appointees. Todt had chosen Gerardo Braggiotti, an Italian banker; a French lawyer Jean-Michel Darrois; the former French Prime Minister François Fillon and Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, the former chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, for “their independence and expertise”.
The Senate is responsible for decisions relating to the management and general policy of the FIA, in particular its financial, budgetary and commercial matters.
The Senate President has the casting vote which means the eight elected members can always be outvoted by those nominated by the FIA President.