Charles Sanderson Joins McLaren as CTO

Sanderson’s Software Leadership at McLaren and Rivian

McLaren Automotive has unveiled three new additions to its executive command personnel. Notable amongst these is Charles Sanderson, whose departure from McLaren in 2018 was followed by stints with Rivian Automotive, where he held the role of Vice President of Vehicle Integration and Development, before ultimately being promoted to Chief Engineer in 2019.

The recent engagement of Sanderson has seen him return to McLaren in the role of Chief Technical Officer. It has been declared in an official statement from McLaren that Sanderson will be heading their latest technology roadmap and product development programs.

Sanderson’s choice to depart Rivian was stated to have been of his own accord, according to the organization’s rep communicating with Automotive News. Still, it happened when Rivian is going through production difficulties and many high-ranking administrators had vacated their roles.

Apart from Sanderson, other essential personnel of the EV startup who stepped away were Randy Frank, having taken up the role of vice president of body and interior engineering, as well as Steve Gawronski, former VP of components buying and supply chain control. Both executives devoted a long span to Rivian until they eventually abandoned in early 2023.

Meanwhile, other top-level designations at McLaren involve Jorg Laser and Emmanuele Raveglia.

Jorg Laser, a skilled veteran in global automotive industry supply procurement, logistics, and supplier quality, has recently been appointed as the organization’s fresh Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). During his distinguished career, he had collaborated with big names such as General Motors, MAN Trucks, Autoliv, and WayRay AG.

Emmanuele Raveglia has gained the role of Vehicle Line Executive Director in the firm McLaren. Previous to this organization, Raveglia acted as the Vehicle Line Director of Ferrari, and oversaw the F8 Tributo, 488 Pista, plus the Purosangue models.

Michael Leiters, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren, expressed his joy upon securing the services of three seasoned professionals in the industry. In his opinion, their collective proficiency, capabilities, and backgrounds will be of remarkable utility in executing the entity’s Future of Performance scheme.

Source: McLaren via Automotive News

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