Birmingham, England - McLaren has announced the appointment of former Porsche Le Mans team boss Andreas Seidl as managing director of its Formula One team.
The 46-year-old German will report to chief executive Zak Brown and have responsibility for all aspects of the team’s F1 racing programme when he starts later this year.
McLaren finished sixth overall last season and has carried out a series of management changes in the past year, including the departure of racing director Eric Boullier, as the team seeks to return to the top.
A McLaren spokesman said Seidl was not a 'like for like' replacement for Boullier and the changed role was reflected in the different job title.
McLaren has signed James Key from Toro Rosso as technical director, and he is expected to start some time this season once released by Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso.