McLaren Automotive has appointed Mike Flewitt as their new Chief Executive Officer. Flewitt joined McLaren in May of 2012 as their Chief Operating Officer before his appointment as CEO of the UK based producer of high performance sports cars.

Previously, he was also the Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe, and Corporate Officer of Ford Motor Company for nine years. And preceding that were his senior manufacturing and operations roles in TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited.

“In the year I have been with McLaren, we have launched the 12C Spider and revealed the McLaren P1™, both outstanding sports cars and testament to the talented and hard-working team I am honored to be a part of.  We have a solid product and business plan in place for the future which I look forward to steering.  McLaren is a very exciting place to be right now.”, Mike said, commenting on this appointment.

Their announcement comes at the heels of the company's first deliveries of the McLaren P1, the company's most advanced and ambitious product to date, which launches in its 25th new market in just two years. This is a confirmation of their commitment to reveal a new product every year and to reach their goal of 50 retails globally by the end of 2013--which is symbolic for the company since 2013 is the year of their 50th anniversary.

“I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Flewitt to Chief Executive Officer.  Mike has proven to be an automotive professional of the highest caliber and since joining the company one year ago he has contributed significantly to the delivery of the McLaren Automotive vision. McLaren Automotive has laid solid foundations for a great future and I am confident that as CEO Mike will play a major role in helping the company to achieve its potential.”, as said by McLaren Automotive Chairman Ron Dennis.