Martin Whitmarsh (born
April 29 1958) is the
CEO of McLaren Racing, a subsidiary company of
Group and Chief
Operating Officer of that group, as well as Team Principal of
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, following Ron
Dennis' retirement on 1 March 2009.
graduated from University of Portsmouth with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980, and started work at British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) as a structural analysis engineer at its Hamble-le-Rice facility.
He was promoted to an advanced
composite structures research and development role and transferred
to BAe's Weybridge facility. In 1988 he was promoted to the rank of
Manufacturing Director and was put in charge of Hawk
airframe production. He left to join McLaren as Head of Operations
In , Whitmarsh was promoted to Managing Director, where he was
responsible for managing the F1 operation and its partners and
sponsors. This allowed Team Principal Ron Dennis to concentrate on other aspects of the
In April , he was again promoted, this time
to the position of CEO of the company's F1 operation.
Martin Whitmarsh became team principal on March
, replacing Ron Dennis
On 1st March 2009 Ron Dennis stepped down as head of McLaren Racing
to take a role in McLaren Automotive as he planned to expand the
company's current operation in car manufacturing. As Martin took
over running of team principal. During his first season as team
prinicipal the team had a terrible start but recovered in the 2nd
half of the season. The team beat ferrari by a bare point to take
3rd in the Constructors' championship as well. McLaren scored the
most points in the second half of the season. 2nd most points being
scored in the second half of the season by Ferrari.