Supercar manufacturer, McLaren Automotive, has promoted Mike Flewitt to a new position of chief executive officer. His new role, which essentially sees him head-up the company, is a development of the role he has been undertaking in addition to his role as chief operating officer since the firm’s managing director, Anthony Sheriff, went on leave earlier this year.
Significantly, McLaren has stressed that despite Flewitt’s new title, Sheriff remains on leave from the company, and has not departed.
Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive — which currently has three dealerships in the UK — from Ford in 2012 where he was vice-president of manufacturing for Ford of Europe, and corporate officer for Ford Motor Company.
Previous to that, he had held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited.
“In the year I have been with McLaren, we have launched the 12C Spider and revealed the McLaren P1, both outstanding sports cars and testament to the talented and hard-working team I am honoured to be a part of,” Flewitt said.
“We have a solid product and business plan in place for the future which I look forward to steering. McLaren is a very exciting place to be right now.”
Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider and, in keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the first deliveries of its most ambitious and technologically advanced product to date, the McLaren P1, are imminent.
The brand continues to expand, operating through a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market. At present in the UK, Jardine Motors, Rybrook and Sytner represent McLaren in London, Birmingham and Manchester respectively.
McLaren Automotive is known to be actively looking for additional representation across the country.