McLaren Automotive starts searching for new CEO – DRIVE

Fluitt was born in Liverpool 59 years ago and began his career as an intern at Ford’s Halewood plant. After devoting 12 years to the Blue Oval, Mike resumed his studies, then got a job at Rolls-Royce, then at Autonova, but in 2003 he returned to Ford of Europe, where he worked before joining McLaren.

The automotive division of the McLaren Group has announced the resignation of its boss, Mike Flyitt, who joined McLaren in June 2012 and has served as CEO since July 2013. The farewell speech does not explain the unexpected departure: “I am incredibly proud to have spent most of its first very successful decade at McLaren Automotive. I am honored to play a role in McLaren’s incredible story. The success of the young company has been brought about by many passionate and talented people with whom I have had the pleasure of working. I look forward to continuing this success. “

The last high-profile project of the “Fluitt era” was a hybrid supercar McLaren Artura (on the picture). Also of note is the spectacular hypercar speedtail, powerful coupe Senna, light roadster Elva, track P1 GTR, models 650S, 675LT, 720S, 765LT.

Flyitt’s resignation did not surprise everyone. The pandemic is strong hit by the McLaren group, forcing the start of restructuring and mass layoffs. The management also began to change: recently the board of directors of the McLaren Group entered Michael Macht (former Porsche functionary) and Stefan Jacobi (originally from Volvo). While the search for a successor is ongoing, Macht will take over “all technical and operational functions,” while the group’s executive chairman, Paul Walsh, will be responsible for sales, marketing and PR. “We thank Mike for his tremendous contribution and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Walsh admonished.


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