Krack followed a career path similar to that of McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl, having worked with BMW in F1 early in his career before gaining experience in other categories.
He joined Sauber in 2001 and rose to the post of chief engineer during the BMW plant era, and spent some time working with the current River Aston Sebastian Vettel.
He left Sauber in 2009 and worked in F3 and DTM before joining the Porsche WEC team as track engineering manager in 2012, alongside Seidl.
He returned to BMW as an engineer in 2014, taking on the role of head of engineering, operations and race and practice organization in 2018.
Krack will work under the leadership of team owner Lawrence Stroll and group CEO Martin Whitmarsh, who was appointed late last year.
Marcin Budkowski, whose departure from Alpine was announced yesterday, had previously been linked with an Aston role.
“Aston Martin is one of the biggest automobile brands in the world,” said Krack.
“And to have been invited to play a leading role in achieving the on-track success that such an illustrious name so widely deserves is a challenge that I intend to take up with energy and enthusiasm.
“I have worked in motorsport for over 20 years and worked in F1 with Seb Vettel in 2006 and 2007 when I was a BMW Sauber engineer and he was the team’s test driver.
“I have immense respect for his speed and his ability, and it will be fantastic to find him again. Lance Stroll is also a very fast and talented driver, with 100 Grand Prix starts to his name, and I can’t wait to work. in close collaboration with him.
“The Silverstone team has always impressed me. It’s full of talented people and real runners. The culture and values of this racer are what are needed to be successful in motorsport – I know it and my new colleagues at Aston Martin know it too. We are going to work incredibly hard. We want to win. Together we will.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21 Mule
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Martin Whitmarsh said: “Mike Krack is exactly the right kind of dynamic and modern team leader who, working with our other senior leaders under the leadership of Lawrence and my senior management, as well as with our ever-growing staff of skilled and committed employees, will deliver the F1 World Championship success that we at Aston Martin are so determined to achieve.
“Having held very senior positions in motorsport at BMW and Porsche, supported by training as an engineer in F1 with Sauber, Mike has a blend of experience and expertise that makes him the perfect choice for us.
“He works well with drivers, having prioritized this aspect of his role at BMW in recent years, and also with engineers, since he speaks their language.”
Lawrence Stroll added: “Winning in F1 is about bringing together the best efforts of all the major players – drivers, engineers, mechanics, everyone – and Mike is perfectly positioned to do it.
“We hire brilliant new people every week. The construction of our new factory is progressing very well. We have a fantastic list of great sponsor partners. We are about to enter the second year of our five-year plan, which aims to win the F1 world championships.
“All the ingredients we need are there. Mike will play a central and leading role, reporting to Martin Whitmarsh and leading our technical and operational functions, with our collective goal being to achieve these lofty ambitions. We are on our way. “