Long-serving Sami is latest senior executive to exit McLaren
Ekrem Sami is to leave his role as chief executive of McLaren Marketing, the marketing arm of the Formula 1 team, after 35 years with the organisation.
Sami will officially step down at the end of March.
In a statement released yesterday, Sami said: “I don’t mind admitting that it feels a bit strange to be announcing that I’m moving on from McLaren, the company to which I’ve devoted almost all my professional life. But now is the right time.”
He continued: “As for my own plans, I’m looking forward to broadening my professional outlook into the wider sports and entertainment sector, after being so immersed in the weird and wonderful world of Formula 1.”
Sami becomes the latest senior executive to leave McLaren, after chief executive Jost Capitao, and Ron Dennis, the head of the parent McLaren Group, in recent months.
Following a dispute with other shareholders, Dennis has been on gardening leave from the position of chief executive of McLaren Group since November, but remains non-executive chairman and retains a 25-per-cent stake in the company.
In the meantime, Zak Brown, formerly chief executive of UK-based sports agency CSM Sport & Entertainment, has joined as executive director of McLaren Technology Group.
McLaren finished sixth of the 11 teams in the 2016 Formula 1 constructors’ world championship.