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The Bish leaves McLaren

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31/07/2017

After ten years' service, McLaren Technology Group's Chief Communications Officer and Group Media, Content & Communications Director Matt Bishop today announced his decision to move on.

"After a great deal of careful thought, I have decided to move on from McLaren, a company I have loved and served for 10 sometimes wonderful but occasionally difficult years," said Bishop. "It was a tough decision, but it was the right one: the time is right.

"Being offered a McLaren job in the autumn of 2007 was a dream come true for me - and, although the past 10 years have been characterised by a huge amount of extremely hard work, I have enjoyed them enormously.

"I have had the privilege of working with a large number of truly exceptional people, including three world champions [Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso], and I am indebted to all my colleagues, past and present, for the inspiration and support they have given me throughout my time at Woking. I wish them every success in the future.

"But, as I say, the time is right, now, for me to move on from McLaren. The recent changes in the ownership and leadership of Formula 1 have made it an even more exciting business in which to work, and, desirous as I am to broaden my professional outlook on the sport I love, I intend to pause, reflect and take stock, before examining what exciting new challenges I may be able to take on."

"Matt's contribution to the development and improvement of McLaren's communications, PR and digital/social media offerings has been enormous," said Zak Brown.

"He's a good guy, and will be missed," Brown continued. "But I always respect ambition, and recognise that Matt's opportunities in Formula 1 are many and varied. Given the exciting changes in our sport, I can understand his desire to pursue such opportunities, and to that end I, and all at McLaren, wish him well."

Bishop, aka 'The Bish' - or Sandy here at Pitpass - was recruited to Woking by no less a person than Ron Dennis, having previously established F1 Racing as one of the world most respected monthly racing magazines.

Though a loss to McLaren it is unlikely that he will be twiddling his thumbs for long and while Brown may well have secured him a role with the ever expanding Motorsport empire, perhaps a book or two would better fill Sandy's time.

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1. Posted by Teardrop., 02/08/2017 23:02

"I have had the pleasure of working with some exciting and talented people at McLaren, Matt being one of those people, we never touch paths, but we respected each others position. good luck for the future don't lock your self away Matt I am sure there's more to come.
George Langhorn."

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2. Posted by Esteban, 01/08/2017 4:05

"I stopped reading F1 Racing shortly after he exited. It was in the magazine's detriment."

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3. Posted by Max Noble, 01/08/2017 0:02

"Someone send a freshly charged MacBook and a carton of Claret! I'm sure The Bish has many fine tales left to tell. Keenly await what happens next... :-). "

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