McLaren confirmed on Monday that they have appointed American businessman and former racing driver Zak Brown as Exexutive Director.

Mr Brown’s appointment comes in the wake of Ron Dennis’ departure from his positions of Chairman and CEO last week.

Paddock Eye understands that Mr Brown’s new role with be based purely within in the Formula One team and will report director to the McLaren management committee.

Brown will use his marketing knowledge to help to bring the Formula One team forward. Brown, who will take up his new role next month commented by saying:

I’m immensely proud to be joining McLaren Technology Group. I have the utmost respect and admiration for what the business has achieved to date, and I look forward to contributing to the next important phase in its development.

“Having worked closely with McLaren for many years, I’ve been struck by the talent and ambition of the entire workforce, and I very much look forward to complementing the business’s many existing strengths, and building on them to drive future success in everything we do.

“As founder of Just Marketing International (JMI) – now the world’s largest motorsport marketing agency – I’ve often worked closely with McLaren as I say, and I’ve developed some excellent relationships across the company. Together we’ve delivered some great sponsorship deals, including Johnnie Walker, GSK, Hilton, Lenovo, Chandon and NTT.

“Best of all, in my new role I’ll be able to combine my absolute passion with my unparalleled area of expertise – respectively motorsport and marketing – while ensuring that the two stay totally aligned.”

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