Born and raised in California, Zak put aside his childhood dream of becoming a professional racing driver to develop his skills within motorsport’s business and commercial worlds.
In 1995, he founded JMI, which grew to become the largest and most successful motorsport marketing agency in the world. When JMI was acquired by CSM, a division of Chime Communications, in 2013, Brown became the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
He then relinquished that post to embark on his journey at McLaren in the winter of 2016 as Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group.
Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Technology Group
Graduating from Nottingham University in 1984 with an honours degree in physics, Jonathan began a lengthy career in the commercial and defence aerospace industry.
He moved to BAE systems in 1991, and was promoted through the company, finally becoming director of operations and support operations at the Manchester and Prestwick Sites. In 1999 he returned to defence systems and aircraft, taking charge of the Hawk Fast Jet Programme as managing director.
Jonathan joined McLaren Racing as operations director in 2001 to oversee the race team’s operations and engineering processes. He was appointed the company’s managing director in 2004, and chief operating officer and acting CEO in 2014.
Even as a schoolboy, Eric Boullier was fascinated by racing cars, with pictures of his childhood hero Ayrton Senna adorning the walls of his family home in Laval, Mayenne, France.
After graduating from the French Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Appliquees in Ivry-sur-Seine, he was quickly drawn to the racetrack, working in the World Series by Nissan and A1 Grand Prix. His managerial skills saw him graduate to a role overseeing the careers of several promising young racing drivers.
Becoming team principal at Lotus F1 in 2010, he oversaw a period of growth and redevelopment that led to the hiring of 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, and the re-emergence of the team as one of grand prix racing’s top contenders.
Eric became McLaren’s racing director in a structural re-organisation at the start of the 2014 season.
Chief Operating Officer
A rich background in mechanical and automotive engineering – including roles at BMW’s powertrain division – perfectly prepared Simon Roberts for McLaren Racing. Joining the team in 2003 as general manager, he became operations director the following year.
For 2009, he was seconded to the Force India F1 team as chief operating officer but returned to McLaren Racing ahead of the 2010 season.
Commercial & Financial Director
John Cooper qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1994 before joining Avis Europe as group financial accountant. He quickly progressed through the organisation to hold a number of key financial roles within Avis UK. He soon began working at board level within a newly acquired subsidiary in Greece and held two further overseas roles in Italy and Spain. John was also a member of the team who purchased the Budget Car Rental companies from administration and subsequently became their finance director in 2003.
John joined McLaren Racing as finance director in January 2005 and has subsequently taken on more responsibility, becoming commercial & finance director in 2010. In his current position, he has fostered an increasingly active role in the development and direction of the team’s relationship with Honda.
Chief Engineering Officer
After graduating from Coventry University with an honours degree in mechanical engineering, Matt Morris joined British engineering stalwart Cosworth, where he worked on the firm’s Formula 1 and World Rally Championship engine programmes.
He joined Williams in 2003, initially working as a systems engineer and on gearbox design before becoming the team’s head of transmission, in 2006.
He moved to Sauber in 2010, living and working in Switzerland, initially as head of mechanical design then subsequently as the team’s chief designer. He returned to the UK in the summer of 2013 and now performs the role of McLaren’s Chief Engineering Officer.
Chief Technical Officer – Chassis
Tim Goss entered Formula 1 with Cosworth in 1986 after graduating from Imperial College London with a first-class honours degree in mechanical engineering. He joined McLaren in 1990 as a Design Engineer and quickly evolved his role at the team, first as Chief Test Team Engineer, then Head of Vehicle Dynamics, and Chief Engineer Powertrain – a role in which he oversaw the introduction of the sport’s first-ever seamless-shift gearbox in 2005.
As Chief Engineer, he oversaw all aspects of car specification for Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 world championship-winning car. Outgrowing this role, he was appointed Engineering Director in 2011, then Technical Director in 2013.
As Chief Technical Officer – Chassis, he is responsible for the car’s concept and design alongside Peter Prodromou.
Chief Technical Officer – Aero
British-born Greek-Cypriot Peter Prodromou earned the perfect qualifications for a career in motorsport, graduating from London’s Imperial College with a first-class honours degree in aeronautical engineering. He followed this up with a master’s degree in computational fluid dynamics and structural mechanics, for which he earned a distinction.
Peter originally joined McLaren in 1991, straight from university, and helped to develop a series of race- and championship-winning machines for drivers such as Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen. His role within the design office continued to grow, and he became the team’s chief aerodynamicist before departing to join Red Bull. His work there between ’06 and ’14, also as chief aerodynamicist, brought success and acclaim both on and off the track.
He rejoined McLaren, as chief engineer, in September 2014, and in 2017 has taken up the role of Chief Technical Officer – Aerodynamics.
Paul James has spent his entire career in motorsport, first working for Mazda Rally Team Europe aged just 17.
After stints at Onyx, Benetton Formula, and in North America’s Indy Car World Series, he joined McLaren in 1995, working on the McLaren F1 road car. In 1997, he joined the Formula 1 team, and has remained on the F1 frontlines ever since.
He has worked closely with drivers such as David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya and Lewis Hamilton, and was the number-one mechanic during Lewis’ title-winning 2008 season.
He became chief mechanic in 2012, and was appointed as team manager, with overall responsibility for race team operations, at the start of the 2017 season.