Boullier appointed McLaren racing director

By on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Eric-BoullierEric Boullier has been appointed as McLaren's racing director.

The Frenchman, who acted as Lotus team principal between 2010 and 2013, will join the team from next Monday.

'Working with Jonathan Neale (Chief Operating Officer) and his senior management colleagues within McLaren Racing, Eric will ultimately report to the Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing, an all-new position, whose yet-to-be-appointed occupant will in turn report directly to Ron Dennis (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Group)', read a McLaren statement.

Boullier said that such a position was a 'wonderful opportunity'.

"First of all, I regard this appointment as an honour, a privilege and a wonderful opportunity," he said.

"The McLaren Racing workforce and the facilities at the McLaren Technology Centre are world-class, and I’m hugely excited about the prospect of joining such an outstanding team."

"I’m both eager and determined to play an active part, working alongside McLaren Racing’s other senior managers and directors, within a new operational structure, to bring about the changes that will deliver success."

"Last, I want to take this opportunity to assure the McLaren Racing workforce that I’m utterly determined to match their famous passion and commitment to win."

Dennis added that there will be further new appointments.

"Eric’s appointment is an integral part of a senior management restructure within McLaren Racing."

"I’ve already personally conveyed to the entire workforce of the McLaren Group, which includes McLaren Racing, the values, principles and mindset that I intend us all to adopt, going forward. My intention is that from now on everyone at McLaren Racing will understand their responsibilities and accountabilities, focusing on their specific areas of expertise, in keeping with those values, principles and mindset."

"In due course we’ll announce the identity of McLaren Racing’s new Chief Executive Officer, who’ll report to me, and to whom Eric will report."

"I’m firmly of the belief that, once McLaren Racing’s restructured senior management team has been assembled, together we’ll begin the march back to full competitiveness, quickly and professionally, harnessing the fantastic depth of talent that exists within our organisation."

There was no mention of Martin Whitmarsh, who has acted as McLaren's team principal since 2009.

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