Zak Brown is CEO of McLaren Racing Ltd. This senior leadership role, reporting directly to the McLaren Technology Group’s Executive Committee, sits above the Group’s commercial and strategic operations, and as such plays a critical role in transforming and realigning the entire organisation behind ambitious performance and growth-orientated goals.
Prior to joining McLaren, Brown was Chief Executive Officer of CSM Sport & Entertainment, a position to which he was appointed in March 2015. He was also the Executive Chairman of Just Marketing International (JMI), the world’s largest motorsport marketing agency. Brown founded JMI in 1995 and the company was acquired by CSM, a division of Chime Communications plc in 2013.
Brown is also on the Board of Cosworth Engineering, the global technology and engineering business, and in January 2016 was appointed Non Executive Chairman of Motorsport.com the pre-eminent global motorsport media outlet.
Born and raised in California, Brown is currently based in London but is constantly on the move. He is married with two children.
Brown has been named in the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame, Business F1 Magazine’s “Formula One Power List”, and Charlotte Observer’s annual “NASCAR Power List”. As CEO, he developed JMI to become the largest motorsport marketing agency in the world generating over a billion dollars in sponsorship. During his tenure, he negotiated some of the highest profile deals in motorsport such as breaking the 58 year NASCAR spirits ban with Crown Royal, largest Formula One Official Parter (at the time) with UBS and Indycar’s title sponsorship with Verizon. Other investors have included Spire Capital, Credit Suisse and WPP, the world’s largest communications services group.
Brown pursues his passion for motorsport on and off the track as a partner in United Autosports, the unique Anglo-American team that has won multiple championships including the 2016 European Le Mans Championship. Brown races his own collection of historic racing cars, which are prepared and maintained by the team at United Autosports. He also founded the Legends of Motorsport racing series with Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner.