Ford Head Designer J Mays Retires, Replaced by Moray Callum

Ford’s vice president of design J Mays is retiring, among other senior leadership changes.

Big changes are in store for Ford’s senior leadership, as numerous executives are retiring including J Mays, Ford’s vice president of design and chief creative officer. Mays will be replaced by Moray Callum, who is currently the executive director for Ford Design in the Americas.

A few years ago, we ranked J Mays number four on our list of the 25 most influential car designers working today. Since he arrived at Ford in 1997, Mays was responsible for numerous important concepts like the Ford Evos that was a large part of developing the “One Ford” program, along with production cars like the successful Ford Fusion midsize sedan. Before his 16 years at Ford, Mays was behind the 1994 Volkswagen Concept 1 that led to the VW New Beetle, along with the 1991 Audi Avus concept that inspired the Audi TT.

“The bold and sophisticated design language that J Mays pioneered will be visible for years to come in Ford vehicles and the auto industry overall,” Ford chief operating officer Mark Fields said in a statement. “We are grateful for his creativity and leadership and congratulate him on his retirement from Ford.”

J Mays’ successor, Moray Callum, has been at Ford since 1995 and has worked on projects such as the Ford Explorer, Ford Mustang, and the Lincoln MKZ. Callum was previously a part of the Mazda design team when Mazda was still owned by Ford, and is also the younger brother of noted Aston Martin and Jaguar designer Ian Callum.

Other executives who are retiring from Ford include Jim Tetreault, vice president of North American Manufacturing, who has been at Ford for 25 years. Tetreault will be replaced by Bruce Hettle, who is currently executive director for Global Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineering. Hettle will now be in charge of all North American manufacturing facilities.

Additionally, Marty Malloy, the vice president of Labor Affairs, is retiring, and will be replaced by Bill Dirksen who is currently the executive director of U.S. Labor Affairs. These retirements and appointments will be effective as of January 1, 2014.

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