Ron Dennis is gone. He will no longer be in charge of the Formula 1 team as McLaren CEO. What a strange turn of events. AS I have said in previous posts about this situation, I am sure Ron is no easy person to work with but since 1981, he’s been the titular head of the company and it is an odd thing to know he won’t be in charge.
I have no insight to the boardroom battle between Mansour Ojjeh, Mumtalakat and Dennis but clearly they’ve conspired to oust the man who has been at the helm all these years and will comprise a committee to run the group until they can find a replacement.
The name Zak Brown has been tossed around as well as Ross sBrawn and others and it will be interesting to see if Jost Capito hangs around given Ron brought him on board. Here is a statement from the other owners of McLaren:
“As of this afternoon Ron Dennis no longer holds the position of chief executive officer of McLaren Technology Group (or its subsidiaries),” the statement read.
“However, he remains a shareholder and a director of the McLaren Technology Group.
“Over the past 35 years Ron’s contribution to the success of McLaren has been colossal.
“During his tenure the team won 17 world championships and 158 grands prix, making him the most successful leader in Formula 1 history.
“Like the company’s founder, Bruce McLaren, Ron is, and always will be, one of the true greats of the sport.”
“McLaren Technology Group is now in the process of seeking a new chief executive officer,” the statement added.
“Until such an appointment has been made the company will be run on an interim basis by an executive committee comprising the group’s majority shareholders.”
What do you make of all of this? All you McLaren fans out there, are you concerned? I know the team hasn’t been great the last two seasons with Honda but keep in mind neither was Mercedes when they bought Brawn GP or Red Bull when the acquired Jaguar F1. It takes time and I think Ron was/is heading int eh right direction.
IT will be interesting to see who they tap for the role of CEO.