German Michael Leiters was Ferrari’s Chief Technology Officer and one of the masterminds behind the design of the Ferrari 296. He is now the new CEO of McLaren.
Sequence of events
His appointment was confirmed today and will take effect from July 1, 2022. This follows months of speculation for a successor to Mike Flewitt, who announced his resignation in October 2021. Leiters will be based at the renowned Technology Center at McLaren and its production facility at almost England, the headquarters of the company. He will lead a staff of approximately 3,000 people worldwide. His position also puts him in charge of the McLaren Composites Technology Centre. This particular branch of McLaren is responsible for the development of new technologies and played a key role in McLaren’s most recent racing car, the Artura.
A great addition
This hire brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. Ferrari consistently produces some of the best high-performance cars in the world and a new executive could be just what McLaren needs to take its next big step. The big question is whether the new CEO will allow the production of SUVs, following in the footsteps of Lamborghini and Aston Martin, or whether McLaren will simply remain a producer of foreign cars.
Michael Leiters took to the stage and mentioned that McLaren is already recognized as one of the most loved car companies in the business and they look forward to building on that reputation with their customers, employees, fans and partners. chapter of McLaren history.
It is fair to note the change of camp between two of the world’s largest luxury car brands that are in direct competition in this environment.
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