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McLaren Automotive is searching for a new boss after Mike Flewitt stepped down as CEO. He has held the position for the past eight years.

Flewitt joined McLaren as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in July 2013.

Since that time, he has led McLaren Automotive to expand the company’s product offering to include the limited production Ultimate range of McLaren hypercars, the award-winning McLaren GT and the all-new high-performance hybrid McLaren Artura.

An executive search has begun to identify Flewitt’s successor.

In the meantime, McLaren Group non-executive director Michael Macht will assume responsibility for all technical and operational functions while sales, marketing and PR will report into Executive Chairman, Paul Walsh.

Flewitt says: “I feel incredibly proud to have led McLaren Automotive through most of its first, highly-successful decade and am privileged to have played a part in the incredible McLaren story. This young company’s success is testament to the many passionate and talented people I have had the pleasure of working with and I look forward to seeing that success continue.”

Paul Walsh, Executive Chairman, McLaren Group adds: “Mike has been instrumental in McLaren now being recognised as one of the world’s leading luxury supercar brands, achieving the heights of success that have taken our competitors many more decades to achieve. We thank Mike for his tremendous contribution and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”

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Founded in 1963 by racer, engineer and entrepreneur Bruce McLaren, the company is formed of McLaren Automotive, which hand-builds lightweight supercars; and a majority stake in McLaren Racing which competes in the Formula 1 World Championship and INDYCAR in the US.

It is globally headquartered at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England.

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