Ron Dennis returns to the CEO job at McLaren

Ron Dennis has returned to the role of CEO of the McLaren Group, a job he held from 1982 to 2012, replacing Martin Whitmarsh.

More recently Dennis has been chairman, and he will also retain that title.

Last year there were rumours that Dennis would have more of a hands-on role again as McLaren tried to get its racing programme back on track, and inevitably questions are now being asked about the future of F1 team principal Whitmarsh.

Explaining his role Dennis said: “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. 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.”

16 Comments

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16 responses to “Ron Dennis returns to the CEO job at McLaren

  1. Mick

    Where can I place a bet on Ross Brawn replacing Martin Whitmarsh within 12 months??

  2. straw walker

    Here comes the Rolodex with a mole in every F1 team..

  3. nottherealmr.ojjeh

    Welcome back Ron!!!

  4. peterg

    The silence from McLaren on Whitmarsh would seem quite telling, ordinarily his position and role would have been recognized in a the statement.

    • Yes and it’s no accident that my colleagues were briefed about a rousing reception for Ron when he made a speech to the workforce. Talk about positive spin…

      • GeorgeK

        ….and here I sit thinkin’ ol’ Ron would take over Bernie’s job, buy out the series from CVC with his personal wealth, penalize Ferrari and Luca into the stone age, and dance in the face of the ever sputtering Max Mosley!

  5. “… I will articulate a new Group strategy and implement the organisational structure…” – candy! Ronspeak is back. Better than Shakespeare baby!

    • stone the crows

      Here’s a foretaste of the feast to come (of Ronspeak) “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.”

  6. Mario B

    I’ve heard that Martin whitmarsh is off to work for Bernie’s bosses

  7. stone the crows

    The handwriting was on the wall for Whitmarsh after losing Lewis Hamilton, to Mercedes, add to that the amount of money Mclaren spent for a dismal 2013 season and you have the recipe for ‘Martin your services are no longer required.’

  8. peterg

    I must be mellowing with age, in the past I had found Ron to be quite tedious – circa when Mika was taking it to Schumi – a terrible loser and a even worse winner.

    I’m actually looking forward to having a “new” team principal making some quotes. My fascination this season will be the performance of Mercedes vs. McLaren, both using the same engine/energy recovery system. A very bold move for the team in running a rookie for 2014, with new tyres, chassis, turbo, energy recovery/KER’s, young Magnussen, a talent to be sure, is certainly being thrown in the deep end.

  9. jo6pac

    I wonder how much Honda might have been involved in this. They sure as hell don’t want to come on board a team with problems.
    Thanks Adam

  10. BazzaG

    About time they got rid of Whitmarsh…he’s been a disaster for McLaren!!!

  11. Tony Dowe

    Based on the McLaren performance over the past few years,it would be a travesty if the only person shown the door was Martin. Sam Michaels should also be off as he’s done diddly squat since a spell as a race engineer at Jordan, other than run two teams into the ground.
    Some time ago Ron was smitten with Michaels and the word was he was being groomed as Martins replacement, let’s hope Ron has woken up to the dirty digger.

    • peterg

      I don’t think it’s realistic in a team sport, and a team of that size, to lay McLaren’s poor form on one person such a Michaels. Adrian Newey’s first seasons at Red Bull produced cars that were notoriously unreliable. Rome was not built in a day, as Todt and Brawn proved at Ferrari in the 90’s.

      • Tony Dowe

        As I said, if only Martin Whitmarsh is moved it will ignore the people around him that did nothing except take the cheque. Your right, its a team sport, but hence when changes are made the people that never performed as part of a team should also be gone unless there is a very good reason not to move them on.
        Not sure how you equate the early Red Bull Newey cars with Whitmarsh, Newey had a winning design record with McLaren and Williams and others before that. Whereas Whitmarsh has only ever been in a McLaren race team and he did a good job with Ron’s direction, up until left on his own and he’s certainly had enough time to build a winning program (Rome) since left to run the F1 team. Michaels arrogance was obvious at Williams and he has contributed little at McLaren to suggest that he could help steer the ship the right way. Always a difficult time when such wholesale changes need to be made, but realistically, who do you want in charge, Ron, Martin or Sam? The answer is clear, at least to me.

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