13. Zak Brown

Zak Brown
Age 49
Occupation CEO, McLaren Racing
Nationality American
Position last Year 16

Zak Brown (born November 7, 1971) is an American businessman and former professional racing driver, currently residing in England. He is Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing with overall responsibility for the business, including strategic direction, operational performance, marketing and commercial development.

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As Chief Executive of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown has overall responsibility for the business, including strategic direction, operational performance, marketing and commercial development. In his role, Zak leads McLaren’s direction and involvement in professional motorsport, spearheaded by the McLaren Formula 1 team. Operating at the pinnacle of global motorsport, McLaren uses the white heat of competition to drive innovation and develop synergies across the group.

Born and raised in California, Zak raced professionally around the world for 10 years before developing his skills in motorsport’s business and commercial worlds.

In 1995, he founded JMI, which grew to become the largest and most successful motorsport marketing agency in the world. When JMI was acquired by CSM, a division of Chime Communications, in 2013, Brown became the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He then relinquished that post to embark on his journey at McLaren in the winter of 2016.

Zak Brown has been recognised by a range of industry bodies and publications, including our own F1 Power List and his induction into the Sports Business Journal “Forty Under 40” Hall of Fame, where he has been listed three times. He was named Promo Marketer of the Year by PROMO Magazine, and JMI has appeared five times in Inc. Magazine’s “Inc 500” annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Brown co-founded and co-owns United Autosports, a professional team competing in international sportscar racing and various historic racing events around the world. He is the non-executive chairman of Motorsport Network, the global market-leading motorsport and automotive digital platform.

Brown is an avid collector of historical documents and sporting memorabilia, as well as both road and racing cars. He is married with two sons and lives in Surrey in the United Kingdom.

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