Luxury sports car manufacturer McLaren has expanded its North American staff by about half ahead of the launch of three new models and an anticipated increase in sales volume next year.
The new employees, in sales, marketing, dealer relations and service, have previous experience with McLaren or with other luxury automakers, including Porsche, BMW and Aston Martin.
“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 the Sports Series model range,” McLaren North America President Anthony Joseph said in a statement Thursday.
McLaren North America, based in New York, said it is “staffing early” to prepare for the vehicle launches. The 675LT, which can reach speeds of 124 mph in 7.9 seconds, is the latest addition to McLaren’s Super Series. The 570S coupe, the first car from McLaren’s Sports Series, is set to debut this month.
The following are some of the more notable hires:
- Bob Woerner, a veteran of Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin, has been hired as vice president of sales.
- Andy Thomas, formerly of BMW, has been named vice president of marketing and communications.
- McLaren’s Simon Andrew has been named head of aftersales.
- Sam Henry, formerly of McLaren U.K., is in charge of sales planning in the U.S.
- Former East Coast Sales Manager Rob Rizzo is now the automaker’s network development manager and is in charge of dealer development and sales training, among other responsibilities.
McLaren said it added two members each to its sales, finance, marketing and aftersales teams.