Ekrem Sami, the Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Marketing, is leaving the company after 35 years. Sami was one of Ron Dennis’s closest allies throughout his tenure at McLaren, having started out with Dennis in the Project 4 days. His departure has been expected for some time.
“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 says. “However, I’ll continue to work on the projects with which I’m already engaged, and I expect to formalise my departure some time in late March. Over the past 35 years I’ve worked with some truly brilliant people, and I want to say thank you to them all. Our successes were a team effort in the most fundamental way. 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.”
Mansour Ojjeh, the Executive Committee Principal of the McLaren Technology Group paid tribute to Sami, saying thanks for “his truly gigantic contribution and to wish him continued success in the future.”