McLaren CEO Calls It Quits After Eight Years

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McLaren is searching for a new CEO.

It's the end of an era at McLaren. After almost a decade, Mike Flewitt is stepping down from his role as the company's CEO. Flewitt joined McLaren as chief operating officer in June 2012 before being promoted to chief executive officer in July 2013. McLaren hasn't announced who will replace Flewitt but the automaker is currently searching for his successor.

It will be interesting to see who takes charge of McLaren, but before that happens, Michael Macht, a McLaren Group non-executive director will oversee technical and operational functions, while executive chairman Paul Walsh will be responsible for sales, marketing, and PR.


"I feel incredibly proud to have led McLaren Automotive through most of its first, highly-successful decade and am privileged to have played a part in the incredible McLaren story," said Flewitt. "This young company's success is testament to the many passionate and talented people I have had the pleasure of working with and I look forward to seeing that success continue."

Paul Walsh added: "Mike has been instrumental in McLaren now being recognized as one of the world's leading luxury supercar brands, achieving the heights of success that have taken our competitors many more decades to achieve. We thank Mike for his tremendous contribution and wish him all the very best in his future endeavors."

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When Flewitt joined McLaren, the MP4-12C had just launched as a reboot of the brand following the success of the McLaren F1. Since he became CEO in 2013, McLaren has transformed into a true Ferrari and Aston Martin rival. Flewitt oversaw the launch of the P1, McLaren's first hybrid hypercar, as well as the 570S, 720S, and limited-production Ultimate Series cars including the Senna, Speedtail, and Elva.

More recently, he oversaw the launch of the McLaren GT and the new hybrid McLaren Artura. Whoever replaces him will have some big shoes to fill as McLaren prepares to enter a new electrified era.

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