Executive Directors

 

Mike Flewitt - Chief Executive Officer
Mike Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in July 2013.

Since becoming CEO, he has presided over the significant growth of the business, in terms of product development, turnover and profit.

Under his tenure, the company has launched its product family of Sports Series, Super Series, Ultimate Series as well as the new McLaren GT and motorsport products for customer racing.

McLaren Automotive is now the largest part of the combined McLaren Group.

In 2018 Mike announced the Track25 business plan which will see the company unveil 18 new models or derivatives with 100 per cent of its sportscars and supercars hybrid by 2024.

The same year, he also opened the new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre alongside TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, that will innovate and manufacture the next generation of McLaren’s lightweight chassis to help achieve the company’s goal of winning the new automotive ‘weight race’ linked to vehicle performance.

In 2019 the brand celebrated the manufacture of its 20,000th car as the company moves towards producing 6,000 cars a year by the end of Track25.

Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Mike was Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company.  Before joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited. He qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and completed a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Management at Salford University in 1996.

 

Dr. Jens Ludmann - Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Ludmann joined McLaren Automotive in May 2017 as Chief Operating Officer.

His focus is on delivering the Track 22 business plan, which consist of 15 new product launches and a fully utilised manufacturing facility. In his role, he integrates all technical related departments of the business being product development, manufacturing, purchasing and supplier quality assurance.

Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, he held various positions in the automotive, and supplier industry with over 20 years of experience. Key positions included Chief Engineer Product Development at Ford Motor Company, Chief Technical Officer at Qoros Automotive Ltd., and most recently Executive Vice President of the global engineering service provider FEV Europe GmbH.

 

Jolyon Nash - Executive Director – Global Sales and Marketing
Jolyon joined McLaren in July 2014 and in his role reports directly to McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt.

For the past five years, Jolyon has been Director, Sales & Marketing for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and has also held senior Sales and Marketing roles at BMW and the Volkswagen Group, as well as one of the largest vehicle importers in South Africa.

Jolyon studied in London and the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running, driving and classic cars.

 

Rian Urding - Chief Financial Officer
Rian Urding joined McLaren Automotive in April 2019 as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive team. 

Rian has joined McLaren from The London EV Company USA (LEVCUSA), a wholly owned subsidiary within the Geely Group, where he was CEO. 

While at LEVCUSA Rian led the company's strategic growth and expansion in the United States through the design and development of an all new, plug-in hybrid commercial vehicle for the fleet delivery market. 

In 2009 Rian co-founded Emerald Automotive, a start-up business focusing on low-emission commercial vehicles. 

The business was sold to the Geely Group in 2014 and the company’s technology now underpins the new electric range extended London Taxi, the TX. 

Prior to this Rian was the CFO of Intelligent Energy Holdings plc, a clean power-systems company specialising in fuel cell technology research. 

Rian studied accountancy at the University of East Anglia before training with Price Waterhouse Coopers. 

Following qualification as a ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1999, Rian has spent most of his career in high growth, intellectual property driven, deeply technical businesses. 

Earlier in his career Rian was commissioned into the Royal Air Force and later joined the British Army, eventually retiring as a Captain.

 

Ruth Nic Aoidh - Executive Director, Commercial and Legal
Ruth joined McLaren Group in January 2009 as Legal Adviser, becoming Executive Director – Commercial & Legal at McLaren Automotive in January 2014. She was appointed Company Secretary in January 2016.  

Ruth’s current position at McLaren encompasses all commercial and legal facets of the business.  She plays a pivotal role in strategic and commercial affairs across McLaren Automotive overseeing all external engagements as well as developing and managing some of the key relationships with suppliers, retailers, regulatory authorities and strategic partners. Furthermore, she is responsible for managing all corporate governance and legal aspects of McLaren Automotive and its subsidiaries around the world.

Ruth is a member of the Executive Board, shaping and influencing key management decisions and future strategy of McLaren Automotive. She also sits on the Board of Directors acting as Company Secretary.

Prior to McLaren, Ruth worked in the Corporate departments of Baker & McKenzie in London and Matheson in Dublin. She graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws, and holds other post-graduate and professional qualifications from De Montfort University, The Law Society of Ireland and The Law Society of England & Wales.

 

Rob Melville - Design Director
Rob joined McLaren Automotive in 2009 as Senior Designer rising to Chief Designer in 2014 before becoming Design Director in 2017. 

During his time at McLaren, Rob has worked on the McLaren P1™, the evolution of the 12C into the 650S, the 675LT, and was responsible for the Sports Series which won the ‘Best of the Best’ category in the coveted Red Dot design awards in 2016. 

Most recently he led the design of the 720S, the first model in the second-generation Super Series.

As Design Director, Rob is now responsible for developing the company’s design strategy, philosophy and principles working with the engineering and manufacturing functions, as well as the customer insights team on the new models and derivatives promised under the Track22 business plan.

 

Mandeep Dhatt, Executive Director of HR
Mandeep joined McLaren Automotive in 2013, three years after the company was founded. It is now the largest part of the McLaren Group employing over 2,300 people.

Mandeep graduated from Kingston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies which included a placement year undertaken in a HR role.

She subsequently went on to obtain her HR qualification and her Masters in Human Resource Management while working first at the publishing house HarperCollins and then Bristol Myers Briggs.

She then moved to Mouchel where, in her role as HR Business Partner, she took on a national role working with a variety of clients.

In 2013 she joined McLaren Automotive, initially partnering the product development team and then broadening her role into Head of HR taking on responsibility for all people matters.

She was promoted to her current Executive Director of HR in 2016. 

 

Ken Smart, Executive Director of Business Strategy
Prior to taking up his current role as McLaren Automotive’s Executive Director of Business Strategy, Ken was Project Director responsible for establishing the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield.

Prior to joining McLaren, Ken was Managing Director of three aerospace and defence companies, two of which turned around under his tenure and the third was successfully divested.

Ken honed his lean manufacturing and management skills in the automotive and aerospace sectors, growing from single site Manufacturing Director to VP Operations globally.

Prior to that he was a Management Consultant with PA Consulting Group, working extensively with aerospace and automotive clients.

Ken is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree (hons.) from Loughborough University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Warwick Business School.

 

Rob Raven – Executive Director - Quality
Rob has been with McLaren Automotive since July 2015, having previously worked for JLR and General Motors.

Rob graduated as a mechanical engineer from the University of Sussex  and has spent his whole career working in automotive quality.

The transition from high volume manufacturing to hand built bespoke cars at McLaren has been a career highlight and has offered the opportunity to combine best practice experience from previous manufacturing systems.

Rob’s focus at McLaren is to ensure the customer experience reflects the exacting brand standards, and he manages a team who are integrated throughout the organisation to ensure that from concept to delivery, the designed intent is what is delivered.