Ron Dennis will become a part of a new world class innovation panel at the British Ministry of Defence.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
“Backed by an £800M innovation fund, we want to transform defence and work with small firms, academics and others to find solutions to the threats to our security. This panel of world class innovators will bring their drive and expert insights to the vital task of keeping the UK ahead of our adversaries and boosting our prosperity.”
Ron Dennis left his posts at McLaren Technology Group after a row with the holding’s board in November 2016
That brought to end a legendary era at the Woking company and Formula 1 team.
“There can be nothing more important than our national security, and I’m enthusiastic to be among the first of those named to this world-class Panel, who have joined MOD to spearhead their efforts to innovate across the organisation, from technology to culture – challenging the status quo, staying ahead of the curve through change and innovation”, Dennis commented.
Other members include Major Tim Peake – the first British astronaut at the European Space Agency. And also former policy advisor to both the Blair and Cameron governments Kristina Murrin.
The 69-year-old Englishman was livid when the MTG board forced him to step aside. He expressed disappointment from the other shareholders’ decision and continued: “The grounds they have stated are entirely spurious. My management style is the same as it has always been.”
Dennis pointed out that obviously neither TAG nor Mumtalakat share his vision for McLaren. He vowed to work “to protect the interests and value of McLaren and help shape its future”.