Ron Dennis to return as McLaren CEO

Ron Dennis to return as McLaren CEO

Ron Dennis is to set to return as the Chief Executive Officer of the McLaren Group, with a mission to improve the teams “on-track and off-track performance.”

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Dennis held the same role between 1982 and 2012, before he was appointed as Chairman of the McLaren Group in 2013, with Martin Whitmarsh taking up the position as CEO.

It is unknown how the appointment of Dennis as Chief Executive Officer will affect Whitmarsh’s position within the McLaren group.

“My fellow shareholders have mandated me to write an exciting new chapter in the story of McLaren, beginning by improving our on-track and off-track performance,” said Dennis.

“Over the coming weeks I intend to undertake a thorough and objective review of each of our businesses with the intention of optimising every aspect of our existing operations, whilst identifying new areas of growth that capitalise on our technologies, and where appropriate further investing in them.

“During February, I will articulate a new Group strategy and implement the organisational structure best suited to achieving it. I am excited by the prospect of returning to the role of Group Chief Executive Officer and working with my many colleagues and fellow shareholders to fulfil our objective – which is to win at whatever we do.”

Dennis’ appointment comes in the wake of a troubled 2013 season for McLaren, as the team failed to score a podium finish for the first time since 1980.

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

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