Martin Whitmarsh hired as CEO of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, and more
The Formula 1 team Aston Martin has recruited Martin Whitmarsh as Managing Director of the newly formed company, Aston Martin Performance Technologies.
Whitmarsh will lead the division which combines Aston Martin’s Formula 1 business with the development, application and commercialization of the group’s technical capabilities, as well as intellectual property. The automaker added that the Aston Martin Performance Technologies aims to “provide the best in innovation, engineering, testing and manufacturing services in a variety of key industrial sectors.”
Whitmarsh, who will officially take up his new post on 1st October, is perhaps best known for his 25-year stint with McLaren, which saw him hold a variety of leadership roles, including group general manager and Formula 1 team manager. The 63-year-old left the UK racing team in 2014 after being ousted by Ron Dennis.
Beyond Formula 1, Whitmarsh’s time at the Woking-based company saw the launch of the McLaren Automotive and McLaren Applied Technologies divisions.
Since leaving McLaren, Whitmarsh has served as Managing Director of the Ineos America’s Cup Sailing Team, as well as President of BAR Technologies and the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership.
His appointment comes after Aston Martin began work on a new, multi-million-pound, 400,000-square-foot facility earlier this month, which is touted as Formula 1’s first-ever “smart factory”.
“Martin will take on senior management responsibilities and assist and support me in defining the new strategic direction of Aston Martin Performance Technologies and its subsidiaries, including the crucial objective of leading the transformation of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula. One Team into a Formula One World Championship. Winning organization over the next four to five years and turn it into a billion pound company over a similar period, ”said Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda and Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team.
“Martin has enjoyed a long, successful and high-level career spanning the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, marine and renewable energy sectors.
“Plus he’s a proven winner in Formula 1. So he’s the perfect person to work with me and our management team to lead and inspire our staff to future success, on and off the track.
Whitmarsh added: “Lawrence [Stroll] intends Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team to win the Formula 1 World Championships, outright, and I would not have joined them in this endeavor unless I was totally convinced that it was a goal quite achievable.
“I know what it takes to win in Formula 1 and, inspired by Lawrence’s leadership and supported by the skills, passion and determination of the team, I intend to do whatever I can. to make sure our team becomes the winning operation that Lawrence is determined it should be.
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In addition, La Liga management has shaken up its hierarchy in order to “consolidate and strengthen its structure”. Under the leadership of President Javier Tebas, and together with Gomez and Mayo, the executive committee will be composed of: Maria José López, legal council ; Miguel Angel Leal, Managing Director of LaLiga Tech; José Carlos Franco, chief technology officer; and Lorette Quintero, director of strategic projects.
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