Whitmarsh to join Ainslie's sailing team
12 March 2015 – Former McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is to join Ben Ainslie's America's Cup sailing team.
Whitmarsh, who departed McLaren last year, will take on the role of Chief Executive Officer in April, working alongside Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history with four gold medals.
Ainslie's outfit already enjoyed Formula 1 links, courtesy of a consultancy deal with Adrian Newey – who previously worked with Whitmarsh at McLaren – and Red Bull's Advanced Technologies division.
"After 25 years at McLaren it's great to be able to turn my energies and experience to such an exciting sporting and technical challenge," said Whitmarsh, who will also have a seat on the board.
"I hope that my experience will help BAR in its aspiration for a sustainable business model, along with the clear goal of winning the America's Cup and bringing it back to British waters."
Whitmarsh was ousted from McLaren following Ron Dennis' return as Group CEO.