Aston Martin has announced the signing of ex-McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh as its new Group Chief Executive Officer.
Whitmarsh hasn’t worked in Formula 1 since leaving McLaren in 2014 after a 25-year spell at the Woking-based team.
Prior to succeeding Ron Dennis as team boss in 2009, Whitmarsh held various senior positions at McLaren and worked alongside several F1 world champions such as Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.
In recent years he has been involved in a wrath of different projects in and out of motorsport, and is a part of the Lewis Hamilton Commission.
Whitmarsh will oversee Aston Martin’s Performance Technologies Division, which aims to expand the team’s F1 and road car technology across its key industry sectors.
Aston Martin chief executive Lawrence Stroll felt signing someone of Whitmarsh’s calibre was proof of the Silverstone-based outfit’s desire to build a championship-winning team.
“I am very pleased to announce that Martin [Whitmarsh] will be joining us as Group Chief Executive Officer of the new Aston Martin Performance Technologies, from October 1st 2021,” said Stroll.
“Martin will enjoy senior leadership responsibility and will assist and support me in setting the new strategic direction for Aston Martin Performance Technologies and its subsidiaries, including the crucial objective of leading the transformation of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team into a Formula One World Championship-winning organisation within the next four to five years, and evolving it into a £1 billion business over a similar time period.
“Martin has enjoyed a long, successful and high-profile career, spanning the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, marine and renewable-energy sectors.
“Moreover, he is a proven winner in Formula One. He is therefore the ideal person for the job of working with me and our senior management team to lead and inspire our workforce to future success both on and off track.”
Speaking about his new role, Whitmarsh is “utterly convinced” Aston Martin has the right credentials in place to achieve success in the near future.
“I have known and admired Lawrence for many years, and I have always been extremely impressed by his formidable business acumen and his seemingly inexhaustible ambition,” Whitmarsh said.
“Equally, I have always respected ‘Team Silverstone’, if I can call it that, which has often punched above its weight under its various previous incarnations, and which now has the weight with which to punch harder than ever before.
“Lawrence intends Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team to win Formula One World Championships, plain and simple, and I would not have joined him in that endeavour unless I was utterly convinced that it was an entirely achievable aim.
“I know what it takes to win in Formula One, and, inspired by Lawrence’s leadership and backed by the skill, passion and resolve of the workforce, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure that our team becomes the winning operation that Lawrence is determined that it should be.”