12 Nov 2015
McLaren North America is pleased to announce it has added several new members to its New York-based team, increasing the size of the office by nearly 50 percent. The hirings are prompted by the 2016 arrival of three new models, new retailer appointments and a projected 100 percent increase in sales volume in 2016.
‘After several years of hard work establishing the McLaren brand in North America, we are thrilled to announce this expansion of our team. These new hires represent a measure of our success to date, and a bright outlook for the future as we prepare for the arrival of the 675LT and the introduction of Sport Series model range,’ said Anthony Joseph, President of McLaren North America.
After years of actively managing the sales team along with the overall business, Joseph has hired Bob Woerner as Vice President of Sales. Woerner will be responsible for scaling up the sales department and is based in the McLaren New York office. Woerner joins McLaren after many years in the industry; having worked with Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, and most recently Aston Martin. Woerner is an avid woodworker and can often be found watching rugby matches while working on a project in his woodshop.
Woerner will be supported by two new members to his sales team; Karen VanderMeulen will move from the role of East Coast Marketing Manager to that of East Coast Area Sales Manager. Peter Salzer has been hired to manage a newly-formed third sales territory for McLaren, and will be based on the West Coast. Peter joins McLaren with extensive industry experience at brands such as Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.
McLaren has recruited Andy Thomas to the role of Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Thomas joins McLaren with a wealth of experience gained at brands such as Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and, most recently, BMW. Thomas has an engineering background and enjoys both running and vintage sports cars in his spare time. In his new role he will be supported by new hires Frank Consuegra as West Coast Marketing Manager and Sabina Andrew as Events Manager.
McLaren has promoted Simon Andrew to Head of Aftersales, and Andrew is building out the team with new recruits. Sean Lee joins as Eastern Region Aftersales Manager, bringing experience from brands in both the luxury and mass-market spaces. David Stevely, an engineer from the McLaren Technology Centre in England, has moved to the U.S. for the position of Aftersales Manager for the Western Region.
Vice President of Finance and Operations Derek Meyer has added two members to the finance team; Jordan Galbraith has joined as the Accounts Receivable Specialist and Jackie Perez has joined as a Finance Analyst.
Other office changes include former McLaren East Coast Sales Manager Rob Rizzo taking over the role of Network Development Manager. Rob will be responsible for retailer development, sales training and regional product management. Sam Henry has also joined McLaren North America from headquarters in the UK. Sam has taken on the role of Sales Controller where he will be responsible for sales planning.
All of the recent hiring by McLaren is taking place to support the arrivals of the track-focused 675LT and the Sports Series range, from which the first model – the McLaren 570S Coupe – is arriving this month. These models represent a considerable increase in sales volume, and McLaren is staffing early to prepare for the arrival of the additional models.
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Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was launched in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1™ went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in coupe and Spider form in 2014, and has announced the Sports Series among the models to be introduced in 2015. The brand continues to expand, and McLaren posted a profit during 2013 – only the third year of vehicle production. This was followed in 2014, by a third consecutive year of growth in sales with a record 1,649 vehicles delivered via a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.
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