Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing
As Chief Executive of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown has overall responsibility for the business, including strategic direction, operational performance, marketing and commercial development. In his role Zak leads McLaren’s direction and involvement in professional motorsport, spearheaded by the McLaren Formula 1 team. Operating at the pinnacle of global motorsport, McLaren uses the white heat of competition to drive innovation and develop synergies across the group.
Born and raised in California, Zak raced professionally around the world for 10 years before developing his skills in 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.
A passionate racer, collector and enthusiast, Brown also sits on the board of Cosworth Engineering, holds the position of Non-Executive Chairman on the board of media company Motorsport Network, and competes and races as a partner and driver in Anglo-American racing team United Autosports.
Chief Operating Officer, McLaren 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.
Jonathan is now Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Group.
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.
Chief Business Officer, McLaren Racing
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 Chief Business Officer at McLaren Racing.
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 – 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.