In the past, Capito has worked with the likes of BMW, Porsche and Sauber as well as overseeing Ford’s involvement with its World Rally Championship programme which brought two manufacturers’ titles in 2006 and 2007.
In 2012, Capito joined Volkswagen as its motor sport director and oversaw its WRC programme, securing three-consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ titles in that time.
He joined McLaren for a brief spell in 2016, overseeing the operation of the team, until the departure of Ron Dennis and structural reorganisation that followed.
Chairman of Dorilton Capital Matthew Savage said that the appointment was the next step in restoring the Williams team to the front of the Formula 1 grid.
“We are excited to welcome Jost Capito as the new CEO of Williams Racing,” he said. “He is an experienced and competitive individual, who has built winning teams and is a winner in his own right. He understands the Williams heritage and will work well with the team in pursuit of our objective to return to the front of the grid.”