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MANAGEMENT BIOGRAPHIES

Name:

Ron Dennis

Title:Team Principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Chairman and CEO, McLaren Group
Date of Birth:01/06/1947
Residence:Woking, Surrey
Marital Status:Married to Lisa; two daughters and one son
Key Achievements:
2007:Long term Partnership with Vodafone commences – Vodafone McLaren Mercedes launches as a team
2004:Royal Opening of McLaren Technology Centre by Her Majesty The Queen
2004Formation of McLaren Applied Technologies
2000:40% of McLaren Group sold to DaimlerChrysler
1997Formation of Absolute Taste
1995: McLaren wins the Le Mans 24 hour race on its debut as a manufacturer with the F1 GTR.
1989:Co-founds McLaren Automotive to design and manufacture the McLaren F1 Roadcar
1987:McLaren Electronic Systems is formed
1986:Creation of McLaren Marketing
1984:Establishes Partnership with TAG Group
1982: Assumes control of McLaren Racing
1980:Acquires equity in Team McLaren Limited
1971:Launches Rondel Racing
1968:Chief Mechanic to Jack Brabham
1966:First role in Motorsport with Cooper Racing Car Company
Honours:
2001:BRDC Gold Medal
2000:Honoured with a CBE for services to Motorsport
2000:Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey
1997:Hon DSc from City University, London
1996:Hon DTech from De Montford University


Ron Dennis has been a pioneering force within Motorsport since he began his career 40 years ago. He has progressed from working with the Brabham team to establishing his own company to run racing operations in F2 and Procar before taking over the McLaren Formula 1 team just 16 years after entering the sport. His entrepreneurial skills have seen him capitalise on the capabilities within the organisation, which has seen the group develop into a diverse selection of companies, each maximising the benefits of the global name and reputation that McLaren has established in the cutting edge technology sport of Formula. In addition to leading the team to seven Constructors' and nine Drivers' World Championship titles he has also been behind many innovations in Formula 1 on and off track.


Name:

Norbert Haug

Title:Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
Date of Birth:24/11/1952
Residence:Stuttgart, Germany
Marital Status:Married to Susanne; one daughter
Key Achievements:
2000:DTM relaunches with significant participation from Mercedes-Benz
1995:Partnership with McLaren commences
1995:Enters the Cart Championship
1994:Wins the Indianapolis 500 with Penske
1994:Mercedes-Benz celebrates its return to Formula 1
1990:Takes over control of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport activities
1990:Joins Mercedes-Benz


Norbert Haug started his career as a trainee at the daily newspaper in his home town of Pforzheim. His enthusiasm for everything with wheels and an engine, particularly for race cars, brought Norbert Haug to the Stuttgart publishing house Motor-Presse-Verlag, combining his love of the sport with his professional interests. Since October 1990, Norbert has been responsible for all the Mercedes-Benz motor sport activities; a period which has seen Mercedes-Benz collect championship titles in all motor sport categories they have entered. Mika Häkkinen won the 1998 and 1999 Formula One Drivers’ World Championships and in 1998, Team McLaren Mercedes clinched the Constructors’ World Championship. Throughout the 1990s Mercedes-Benz were also the German Touring Car (DTM) champions in 1992, 1994 and 1995; International Touring Car (ITC) champions in 1995; in 1997, Mercedes-Benz were top of the manufacturer’s ratings in the American CART Championships; in 1997 and 1998, AMG Mercedes won both the drivers’ and team titles in the FIA GT Championships. Since its relaunch in 2000, Mercedes-Benz have taken five out of seven titles in the DTM with Bernd Schneider in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2006 and with Gary Paffett in 2005.


Name:

Martin Whitmarsh

Title:Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Group
Date of Birth:29/04/1958
Residence:Chobham, Surrey
Marital Status:Married to Debbie; one daughter and one son
Key Achievements:
2005:Becomes Chief Operating Officer for the McLaren Group
2004:Appointed CEO, Formula 1, Team McLaren Mercedes
1997:Promoted to Managing Director at McLaren Racing
1989:Joins McLaren Racing as Head of Operations
1988:Promoted to Manufacturing Director at BAE Systems
1980:Begins career at BAE Systems working on finite element analysis
1980:Graduates with a Mechanical Engineering Degree


Martin's position has developed within McLaren almost as much as the company itself, since his arrival from BAE Systems in 1989. His original role was created for him to utilise his management expertise to assist with the growth and diversification of the company. In this role Martin's primary responsibility was for both the race and test teams, in addition to overseeing the company’s engineering and manufacturing functions. As Chief Operating Officer Martin not only oversees Formula One operations but is also responsible for the operation of the other McLaren Group companies.


Name:

Ola Källenius

Title:Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Ltd
Date of Birth:11/06/1969
Residence:Cobham, United Kingdom
Marital Status:Married to Sabine; three sons
Key Achievements:
2004:Takes on the role of Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Ltd
2003:Moves to McLaren Automotive Ltd as Executive Director of Operations for Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren production
2001:Appointed Director of Powertrain Procurement of Mercedes Car Group
2000:Moves to Engine, Exhaust Management and Electronic Engine Component Procurement of Mercedes Car Group
1995:Becomes the Head of the Controlling department for M-Class production in Tuscaloosa, USA
1993:Joins the International Management Associate Programme of Daimler-Benz


Swede Ola has made his mark in Formula 1 in the two years he has been involved in the sport. Since taking on the position of Managing Director at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines Ltd, when DaimlerChrysler took over 100% control of the company, he has overseen the development and implementation of the new V8 engine.

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