Whitmarsh named CEO at BAR

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Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Former McLaren F1 team principal Martin Whitmarsh is joining Ben Ainslie Racing as chief executive officer.

The 56-year-old spent a quarter of a century with McLaren, where he rose to become chief executive of the group and team principal.

Whitmarsh left the organisation last year and is now joining the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup as chief executive.

It is a position he starts in April and will see him report to BAR team principal Sir Ben Ainslie and the board, on which he will have a seat.

“After 25 years at McLaren it’s great to be able to turn my energies and experience to such an exciting sporting and technical challenge,” Whitmarsh said.

“McLaren developed into a multifaceted business and I hope that my experience will help BAR in its aspiration for a sustainable business model, along with the clear goal of winning the America’s Cup and bringing it back to British waters.”

The role will see Whitmarsh again work with Adrian Newey, who is now head of BAR partner Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

The pair were at McLaren together for nine years until 2006 and Ainslie is excited about the way his team are coming together.

“I’m delighted that Martin is joining us,” the four-time Olympic gold medallist said. “When we first started to put together the plan for BAR, McLaren were one of the aspirations.

“So it’s particularly appropriate to have one of the original architects of that model as our new CEO.

“Martin came highly recommended by many authoritative figures in the motorsport industry, and already has good relationships with several of our key partners, particularly the head of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, Adrian Newey.”

Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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