McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has been appointed to two new roles within the Woking-based organisation in a management reshuffle.
With immediate effect, the 51-year-old will become chief executive officer of the McLaren Group and deputy chairman of the newly independent road car arm McLaren Automotive.
Long-time McLaren boss Ron Dennis will resume his role of executive chairman of the Group while continuing to head up the Automotive division – a role he took on after handing over the running of the F1 team to Whitmarsh last year.
The reshuffle was prompted by the resignation of Sir Richard Lapthorne from his twin roles of non-executive chairman of the Group and consultant to McLaren Automotive.
“Following the spin-off of McLaren Automotive from McLaren Group, I’m delighted to announce this management restructure,” said Dennis.
“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.”