Ford's global design boss, J Mays is retiring after 16 years at the firm. He will be replaced by Moray Callum on January 1, 2014.
Callum will lead the design of all production and concept vehicles produced under the Ford and Lincoln banners. As executive director, design, Callum has been responsible for all cars and trucks designed in Ford's North and South America studios and Lincoln models. Recent work includes the Ford EcoSport and Lincoln MKZ. The brother of Jaguar design head Ian Callum was credited with Mazda's design turnaround between 2001 and 2006.
Mays, group vice president and chief creative officer, design, led development of the Ford design language which has influenced most of the firm's global product portfolio. As well as leading the design teams responsible for the Focus, Fiesta and Mustang, he was responsible for a number of concepts including the Ford Evos and Lincoln MKC.
He retires after more than 30 years in the industry. The moves are part of a senior leadership reshuffle. North America production boss Jim Tetreault is to retire and will be replaced by current executive director for manufacturing operations Bruce Hettle. Labour affairs chief Marty Mulloy is to be succeeded by Bill Dirksen. Former Ford of Brazil chief, Steven Armstrong becomes head of Ford South America.