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Additional McLaren roles for Whitmarsh 21 Apr 2010

Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer and Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 6 September 2008

Following the resignation of Sir Richard Lapthorne from his role as Non-Executive Chairmanship of McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive consultant, McLaren have announced they are to restructure their management with immediate effect. As part of the reorganisation, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh will assume two new roles within the company.

In addition to his Formula One duties, Whitmarsh will become the Chief Executive Officer of the McLaren Group and Deputy Chairman of McLaren Automotive, the company’s road car business. The existing managing directors of each company, meanwhile, will continue in their roles.

“Following the spin-off of McLaren Automotive from McLaren Group, I’m delighted to announce this management restructure,” explained Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive. “The two companies will have separate shareholdings, and will continue to be headquartered in Woking, Surrey.

“McLaren Group will be based at the existing McLaren Technology Centre (MTC), while McLaren Automotive will be based at the brand-new McLaren Production Centre (MPC) which is now being constructed alongside the MTC. I have enormous confidence in the senior management teams of both McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive, and am pleased that both companies will be extremely well served by those senior management teams, now and going forward into the future."

Whitmarsh joined McLaren from BAE Systems in 1989 first as head of operations and latterly as managing director of McLaren Racing. Appointed COO in 2005, he became McLaren team principal at the start of the 2009 season, taking over from Dennis.