As well as changing the team's engine supplier to Renault, McLaren's majority owners have also made big changes in the boardroom. Ron Dennis, who was in charge of McLaren for the last 40 years was forced out in 2016 after losing a high court battle against his removal from the McLaren board.
While it's been a turbulent last few years for the British-based team, Brown believes that there are reasons to be optimistic, one of which is that they have a strong driver line-up which still contains arguably one of the best drivers in the recent history of F1, Fernando Alonso.
"Fernando is very diligent, he's very focused and very demanding of himself and the team. When Fernando comes into the garage you see everyone stand up a little more upright."
Taking questions from a live audience both in Davos and on Facebook, Brown was asked what he deemed as success?
"Making sure that when you make mistakes, which are inevitable, that you learn by those mistakes and don't make the same one twice."
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