McLaren confirm imminent arrival of former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier
PUBLISHED: 18:21 29 January 2014 | UPDATED: 18:21 29 January 2014
Former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has been appointed to the newly-created role of racing director at McLaren.
Boullier resigned from his post as team principal of Hethel-backed Lotus on Friday in order to take the position with McLaren.
The Frenchman’s appointment is part of a new management structure at the Woking-based team, constructed in the wake of Ron Dennis’ recent internal coup in which he ousted Martin Whitmarsh as McLaren Group’s chief executive officer.
No mention has since been made of Whitmarsh in any capacity, but it is clear his days as team principal – as well as the role itself at McLaren – are at an end.
Boullier, who is to start work with the team on Monday, will report to the CEO of McLaren Racing – another new position yet to be filled – who in turn will report to Dennis.
Jonathan Neale, currently chief operating officer, will take on the role of McLaren Racing CEO on a short-term basis.
Explaining the new format, Dennis said: “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 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.”
Boullier expressed his appointment as “an honour, a privilege and a wonderful opportunity”.
The 40-year-old added: “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.”
Enstone owner Gerard Lopez was Boullier’s replacement as team principal at Lotus, with the iconic Norfolk marque yet to fully unveil their 2014 charger.