Antony Sheriff is a renowned automotive industry professional. With an international career stretching over 30 years, Sheriff is recognized as one of the industry’s foremost product experts and has a deep understanding and knowledge of the auto industry at both the highest strategic levels and the detailed design and operating level.
After briefly working as a car designer in Italy and England, he worked and as a product planner for Chrysler. Mr. Sheriff went on to receive his Masters in Management from M.I.T. where he was also a full time researcher for the International Motor Vehicle Program and contributed to the ground-breaking book, “The Machine That Changed the World”. He subsequently joined McKinsey & Company where he advised a number of automotive and non-automotive companies throughout the US and Europe.
In 1995, Sheriff joined Fiat Auto in Italy and was quickly promoted to Director of Product Development for all Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Lancia cars and commercial vehicles. Amongst the many cars he conceived, he was responsible for two “Car of the Year” winners, Alfa Romeo 147 and Fiat Panda. After being appointed Vice-President of the Fiat brand, Sheriff left to join McLaren Automotive in 2003 as Managing Director.
In his decade at McLaren, Sheriff transformed the company from a contract manufacturer for Mercedes-Benz into a profitable independent sports car company with a full product range of highly innovative sports cars that have met broad critical acclaim. Initially, he launched the Mercedes SLR McLaren to market and then conceived and produced the SLR Stirling Moss model, the most expensive Mercedes ever sold.
Sheriff transformed McLaren into a truly independent company and, under his leadership and vision, the company launched the MP4-12C, a revolutionary carbon fibre sports car, followed by the P1, a million dollar hybrid ultra-high performance sports car. A third car that Sheriff conceived, the Sports Series, is being launched later this year. The company also built a brand new production facility and a global distribution network. In its first full year in production, McLaren Automotive achieved a turnover of £267 million and near breakeven profitability. Sheriff resigned as Managing Director of McLaren in 2013 and is now advising and investing in a number of projects in the international automotive industry. Sheriff holds a B.A. and a B.S. from Swarthmore College as well as an M.S. from M.I.T.. He holds American and Italian nationality.