Ford designer J Mays retires, will be replaced by Moray Callum

Article by Anita Panait, on November 9, 2013

Three veteran senior executives are retiring from Ford Motor Co. One of them is J Mays, Ford's global design boss and is one of the last senior executives from the Jacques Nasser era. The other two are Jim Tetreault, vice president of North American manufacturing, and Martin Mulloy, vice president of labor relations.

Their retirements will take effect on January 1, 2014, Ford said. Mays started his design career with Audi and had also worked at BMW and Volkswagen. He came to Ford as the vice president of design in 1997. Mays and Executive Chairman Bill Ford are the only remaining members of the group of 59 Ford officials listed in the Automotive News Guide to Industry Executives in January 1999.

Bill Ford was chairman at that time, while Nasser was chief executive. Nasser was eventually forced out in October 2001 and replaced by Bill Ford.  Mays was recruited to Ford when Nasser was in charge of the carmaker's North American unit. He was then named group vice president for design in 2003.

In 2005, Mays took on the expanded role of group vice president and chief creative officer. Mays was responsible for leading the development of a number of concept vehicles like the Ford Interceptor, Fairlane, Shelby GR-1 and 427, Jaguar F-Type and the Lincoln MKZ Concept. Among the production vehicles tat carry Mays' signature are the 2013 Ford Fusion, the 2012 Ford Focus, the 2011 Fiesta, and the 2010 Ford Taurus and Taurus SHO for North America.

Tetreault has been with Ford for 36 long years and has been a key figure in revamping the carmaker's manufacturing strategy. On the other hand, Mulloy helped outline agreements with the UAW that ensured Ford's existence during the financial crisis in 2009. Moray Callum, design director for Ford in North America, will replace Mays, according to the carmaker. For those who don't know, Moray Callum is no other but the brother of Ian Callum, the director of design for Jaguar Cars.

Topics: ford, design

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