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Jonathan Neale Joins Filtronic


Former CEO of McLaren Racing F1 to join as non-executive chairman

Filtronic plc, the designer and manufacturer of RF-to-mmWave components and subsystems, has announced that further to Reg Gott's retirement at the AGM on 28 October 2021, it has appointed Jonathan Neale as non-executive chairman, effective 15 November 2021.

Jonathan Neale has been COO of McLaren Group for the past five years, prior to which he held a number of executive roles including CEO of McLaren Racing F1, between 2001 and 2016. He has occupied principal roles, leading strategic operational and infrastructure planning for the business and has been pivotal in the integration of the McLaren Racing, McLaren Applied and McLaren Automotive businesses.

Jonathan graduated from the University of Nottingham with an honours degree in physics. He began his career as a research physicist in high-frequency semiconductor design and application. He became a chartered electrical and electronic engineer at Philips Defence Systems and went on to lead the advanced development group within the electronic warfare division.

Prior to McLaren, Jonathan had been at BAE Systems, UK, as MD - Hawk Military Aircraft. Having started by working as a project design engineer where he led major systems projects for commercial aircraft, he was then promoted to director of operations and support operations at BAE's Manchester and Prestwick sites and was responsible for aircraft production, customer support and pilot training. Thereafter he returned to defence systems and aircraft, taking charge of the Hawk Fast Jet Programme as MD in 1999.

“"I am delighted to welcome Jonathan to Filtronic, with his extensive aerospace experience and leadership across fast moving technology businesses”, said Richard Gibbs, CEO of Filtronic. “I look forward to working with him as we seek to execute engineering programs and scale the organisation."

“I have been impressed with the capabilities of the Filtronic organisation,” said Neale. “I look forward to working with the Board to expand and grow the Filtronic capability from its very solid engineering base into new markets and partnerships, and to reach new customers."

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