Jost Capito has left McLaren a matter of months after he was appointed as chief executive officer of the Formula One team.
The 58-year-old German was introduced as McLaren's new CEO in January 2016, but did not make the move from his role as World Rally Championship team Volkswagen's director of motorsport until September last year.
Capito will now be on the move again after failing to find "common ground" with Woking-based McLaren ahead of the 2017 season.
"Jost Capito joined McLaren after four successful years at VW Motorsport, with a strong commitment to bringing success back to McLaren," a McLaren spokesman said.
"He wanted to build again a winning team and fully focus on making the McLaren Formula One car competitive, with the aim of winning world championships in coming years.
"Regrettably, we have not been able to find common ground with Jost with regard to what is and will be needed to make the team successful again.
"As a result, we have agreed that he will leave McLaren Racing and will now consider other opportunities. We wish him success in his future endeavours."