Zak Brown has been appointed the new Executive Director of the McLaren Technology Group as the British firm begins the first stages of restructuring in the wake of Ron Dennis' exit last week.
The 45 year-old American – who was reportedly being touted for a senior role with new F1 owners Liberty Media – will play an integral part in replacing Dennis, whose 36 year tenure within the company came to an abrupt end last week when he was on gardening leave by fellow shareholders.
As it stands, Dennis remains Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until January when his gardening leave expires before Brown steps into his role to jointly lead businesses alongside Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Neale.
"I'm immensely proud to be joining McLaren Technology Group. I have the utmost respect and admiration for what the business has achieved to date, and I look forward to contributing to the next important phase in its development.
"Having worked closely with McLaren for many years, I've been struck by the talent and ambition of the entire workforce, and I very much look forward to complementing the business's many existing strengths, and building on them to drive future success in everything we do.
"As founder of Just Marketing International (JMI) – now the world's largest motorsport marketing agency – I've often worked closely with McLaren as I say, and I've developed some excellent relationships across the company. Together we've delivered some great sponsorship deals, including Johnnie Walker, GSK, Hilton, Lenovo, Chandon and NTT.
"Best of all, in my new role I'll be able to combine my absolute passion with my unparalleled area of expertise – respectively motorsport and marketing – while ensuring that the two stay totally aligned."
The process of identifying and recruiting a new Group Chief Executive Officer will continue.