British luxury supercar and hypercar maker McLaren Automotive has announced the appointment of Michael Leiters as its new CEO, effective July 1.
German-born Leiters holds a doctorate in engineering and has held senior positions at Porsche AG and, more recently, was chief technology officer at Ferrari.
Leiters will be based at McLaren’s global-headquarters at the McLaren Technology Centre and the adjoining McLaren Production Centre in Surrey, England, where all the company’s supercars and hypercars are hand-built.
Leiters will lead the 3,000-strong workforce spanning all global activities, including the McLaren Composites Technology Centre, instrumental in innovating technology for the company’s ground-breaking high-performance hybrid series production supercar the McLaren Artura, deliveries of which are soon to commence.
McLaren now has more than 100 retailers in more than 40 territories around the globe. Despite the pandemic, McLaren says it continues to see strong customer demand, particularly for its limited-production models with both the 765LT Coupe and Spider variants entirely sold out along with the Ultimate Series Elva.
“On behalf of everyone at McLaren, I am delighted to welcome Michael as the new CEO of McLaren Automotive. His extensive industry leadership experience combined with his passion for engineering and future technology will help guide and develop our team as we enter an exciting second decade,” said Paul Walsh, executive chairman, McLaren Group.
“I could not be more excited to be joining McLaren Automotive as CEO at this important moment in its journey. McLaren is already recognized as one of the world’s most admired luxury supercar companies. I look forward to growing that reputation for our loyal customers, employees, fans and partners as we write the next chapter in McLaren’s illustrious history,” said Leiters.