Following the departure of Ron Dennis from the McLaren Technology Group, the Honda-powered franchise has confirmed Zak Brown as the Executive Director.
Brown has been linked in the past to McLaren and Liberty Media after he left CSM Sport and Entertainment. As part of their restructure, the American businessman will oversee commercial and strategic operations, which are in line with their Formula 1 aspirations.
Issuing a statement on his appointment, Brown expressed his excitement at his new role and is eager to get to step into his new office.
“I’m immensely proud to be joining McLaren Technology Group,” Brown said.
“I have the utmost respect and admiration for what the business has achieved to date, and I look forward to contributing to the next important phase in its development.
“Having worked closely with McLaren for many years, I’ve been struck by the talent and ambition of the entire workforce, and I very much look forward to complementing the business’s many existing strengths, and building on them to drive future success in everything we do.
“As founder of Just Marketing International (JMI) – now the world’s largest motorsport marketing agency – I’ve often worked closely with McLaren as I say, and I’ve developed some excellent relationships across the company. Together we’ve delivered some great sponsorship deals, including Johnnie Walker, GSK, Hilton, Lenovo, Chandon and NTT.
“Best of all, in my new role I’ll be able to combine my absolute passion with my unparalleled area of expertise – respectively motorsport and marketing – while ensuring that the two stay totally aligned.”