PARIS: McLaren has appointed Volkswagen’s director of motorsport Jost Capito to be the Formula One team’s new chief executive officer (CEO), it was announced on Thursday.
Capito, 57, will replace acting CEO of McLaren Racing Jonathan Neale, who was appointed chief operating officer of McLaren Technology Group, after the team’s woeful 2015 season.
Both will work closely with McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier, whose position is to “remain unchanged,” a statement from the British team added.
They will report directly to McLaren group’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Dennis.
McLaren, despite featuring former world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, finished ninth in the 10-team constructors’ championship in 2015, their worst campaign in 35 years.
Capito and Neale will work closely with Eric Boullier, who retains his position as Racing Director.
“I first approached Jost last summer,” said Dennis of his move for Capito. “He is an extremely impressive, competitive and ambitious individual, who comes to us with a very wide range of automotive and motor sports experience, encompassing senior positions at BMW, Porsche, Ford, Sauber and, since 2012, Volkswagen, leading the latter company’s World Rally Championship team to consecutive world titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015,” he added.
AFP with report from F1.com