Mike Flewitt collects prestigious inspirational leadership award as McLaren Automotive voted most admired car company

5 Dec 2018

  • CEO awarded Management Today ‘inspirational leadership’ award
  • McLaren Automotive awarded most admired automotive company in Britain accolade and sixth most admired company overall
  • Awards presented by Lord Heseltine, founder of Haymarket Group

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of luxury sportscar and supercar company McLaren Automotive, has collected a prestigious award for inspirational leadership as McLaren was also voted Britain’s most admired car company.

Lord Heseltine, founder and owner of Haymarket Media Group, presented Mr Flewitt and McLaren Automotive with the Management Today awards at a gala dinner in London which also saw the company placed sixth overall on the list of the UK’s most admired companies.

Established in 1990, Management Today’s Britain’s Most Admired Companies (BMAC) remains one of the most in-depth and best-established corporate reputation surveys in the UK.

Mr Flewitt and McLaren Automotive won amidst fierce competition from up to 250 companies. Previous recipients of the award including last year’s winner Tony Pidgley of Berkley Homes and Seb James of Dixons Carphone, the year before.

The awards are a key part of Management Today’s BMAC survey, a peer-review study of corporate reputation as seen by a company’s closest critics – its competitors and financial influencers. This year’s survey involved interviews with 234 board representatives, analysts and City commentators.

Having started his career in the automotive sector in 1983 as a production operator for Ford Motor Company in his native Liverpool, Mike Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer before rapidly being appointed as CEO the following year.

Since then, the company now honoured as Britain’s most admired car brand, has rapidly established itself as a producer of iconic sportscars and supercars around the world, with production having recently doubled and is now the largest part of the McLaren Group contributing well over 80 per cent of the Group’s turnover.

Last month Mr Flewitt welcomed The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with the Crown Prince of Bahrain to open the company’s second-ever production facility, the McLaren Composites Production Centre in the Sheffield region which will create over 200 new jobs by the time the facility is fully operational. It will help take the total workforce to an expected 2, 500 by the end of 2025.

Mr Flewitt has also overseen the launch of the company’s ambitious Track25 business plan this summer which will see the company launch 18 new models or derivates by 2025 with 100 per cent of all sportscars and supercars hybrid by then.

“It’s a great honour for myself and everyone at McLaren Automotive to receive these awards which recognise both inspirational leadership and the fact that we have established ourselves as Britain’s most admired automotive company. Both awards are ultimately down to an incredibly dedicated workforce led by management who inspire and empower our people to do their best work every day. I’m delighted, therefore, to collect these awards on behalf of our entire workforce and thank them all for commitment which, in turn, continues to inspire me.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

"McLaren Automotive has achieved a truly remarkable finish for its first time out in the Britain’s Most Admired Companies Awards, not only coming sixth overall and top of the new-for-2018 automotive sector, but also winning the criteria award for Inspirational Leadership. My warmest congratulations to Mike Flewitt and the team for driving such a great British success story."
Lord Heseltine, Haymarket Media Group founder.

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Notes to Editors:

Mike Flewitt CV

2013
Chief Executive of McLaren Automotive

2012
Chief Operating Officer of McLaren Automotive

2011
Global Vice President of Ford

2010
Manufacturing Director of Ford Europe

2005
Managing Director of Ford Otosan

2003
Quality director for Ford Europe

1998
Managing Director of AutoNova, a joint venture between Volvo and TWR

1995
Production Director for Rolls-Royce and Bentley

1983
Production Operator, Foreman, Senior Foreman, Superintendent, Shift Manager, Area Manager for Ford Motor Company in Halewood, Liverpool

Britain’s largest public companies and leading employers across 25 sectors were asked to evaluate their peers. Each sector comprises a maximum of 10 companies. Using 12 criteria, participants rated their sector’s rivals on a scale of 0-10 (0=poor, 5=average, 10=excellent).

The sum of these scores provides the total score. Respondents were also asked to name their Most Admired Leader in a free vote across sectors.

A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – cars.mclaren.press

About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.

Announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the company’s Track25 business plan will see it invest £1.2billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

2017 saw the company launch further models including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. In 2018, the company launched the 600LT and the McLaren Speedtail, the next Ultimate Series and McLaren’s first ever Hyper-GT of which only 106 will be produced.

To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille.

McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and technology and comprises three businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies.

Further information:

Wayne Bruce
Global Communications & PR Director | McLaren Automotive Limited
Phone: +44 (0) 1483 261500
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Daniel Golding
Global Head of Corporate Communications | McLaren Automotive Limited
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Paul Chadderton
Global Product Communications & PR Manager | McLaren Automotive Limited
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Email: paul.chadderton@mclaren.com

Amel Boubaaya
Head of Lifestyle and EU Communications | McLaren Automotive Limited
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Freddie Gilbey
Lifestyle Communications Manager | McLaren Automotive Limited
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Hunter Skipworth
Social Media Manager | McLaren Automotive Limited
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Kevin Ritson
Press Officer | McLaren Automotive Limited
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E-mail: kevin.ritson@mclaren.com

Roger Ormisher
Vice President, Communications & PR | McLaren North America
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Email: roger.ormisher@mclaren.com

Laura Tilley
Public Relations | McLaren North America
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Email: laura.tilley@mclaren.com

Karin Haferkorn
Head of Marketing & PR, Middle East, Africa and Latin America McLaren Automotive Limited
Phone: +44 (0) 1483 261343
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Email: karin.haferkorn@mclaren.com

Sunny Zhang
PR Communication Director - China McLaren Automotive Limited
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Email: sunny.zhang@mclaren.com

Gracia Yap
PR Manager – Asia Pacific McLaren Automotive Limited
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