McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt Suddenly Steps Down After Eight Years

Mike Flewitt, the CEO of McLaren Automotive, will step down from his position after eight years in the position, the company said in a statement.

“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,” said Flewitt. “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.”

Flewitt joined McLaren in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer and, a little over a year later, he became Chief Executive Officer. In his time at the company, he helped expand its model range to include limited-run hypercars as well as (relatively) more common supercars.

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The company’s first modern car, the MP4-12C, was released in 2011, meaning that Flewitt has been present for the majority of McLaren’s present success. While there, he oversaw the production of cars like the Senna, the Mclaren GT and, most recently, the hybrid Artura.

“Mike has been instrumental in McLaren now being recognized 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,” said Paul Walsh, Executive Chairman of the McLaren Group. “We thank Mike for his tremendous contribution and wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.”

What Flewitt plans to do after he leaves is not clear at the moment. McLaren Automotive, meanwhile, says that it will begin a search to find a successor for Flewitt. In the meantime, the McLaren Group’s non-executive director, Michael Macht, will take over responsibility for technical and operational functions.

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