Ford's Design VP J Mays Retires, Replaced by Moray Callum. Mfg and Labor Chiefs Also Retire.

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ford s design vp j mays retires replaced by moray callum mfg and labor chiefs also

Three of Ford’s most senior and veteran executives are retiring, global design chief J Mays, North American manufacturing head Jim Tetreault and Martin Mulloy, who is in charge of labor relations. Mays’ replacement will be Moray Callum, design director for Ford’s North American operations. All three men had important roles in turning Ford around. Mulloy negotiated contracts with the UAW that were critical in reducing costs, while Tetreault had a big hand in reshaping Ford’s manufacturing strategy towards efficient and flexible factories. Mays has supervised the styling the cars and trucks that have helped turned Ford’s fortunes around, implementing Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s “One Ford” directive in a visual sense. He also had an important role the shape of the Jaguar XK and XF, developed while Ford owned that brand.

Mays is originally from Oklahoma and trained at the Art Center School in Pasadena. He worked for the Volkswagen group and BMW before moving to Ford as VP of design in 1997. Callum is the brother of Jaguar design head Ian Callum and like his brother he studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He started his design career at Chrysler and then moved to PSA Peugeot Citroen and later worked as a consultant to Ghia. Callum was hired by Ford in 1995 and headed Mazda styling from 2001-2006 while Ford controlled that Japanese automaker. Since 2006, Callum has managed the design of all cars and trucks designed in Ford’s North and South America studios as well as for Lincoln.

Succeeding Tetreault will be Bruce Hettle, executive director of global vehicle operations manufacturing operations. Mulloy will be replaced by Bill Dirksen, who is Ford’s executive director for U.S. Labor Affairs.

Below are some of the cars that J Mays had a hand in their design.

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  • Th009 Th009 on Nov 07, 2013

    This kind of mass retirement seems unlikely to have been initiated by Messrs. May, Tetreault and Mulloy. They are all still in their 50s, substantially younger than Mulally, and their successors aren't much younger, either. With the risk of Mulally's departure for west-coast scenery, I'm surprised Ford is thinning their executive ranks just now. I wonder whether we'll see them surfacing somewhere else soon ...

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    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Nov 08, 2013

      @nrd515 Yes, but why are they all announcing they're leaving, right after Mulally is announced as a final cut candidate for the Microsoft job? It's almost like they (and Ford) WANT you to make the connection.

  • Ellomdian Ellomdian on Nov 07, 2013

    Mays has been (arguably) the biggest advocate of Retro-futurism, and it will be interesting to see what happens to the trend in the next 3-5 years when it is not the design direction of a major manufacturer (it's very much been a sub-theme at GM...) I like the Gallery, but I think a List of things Mays directly had a big hand in drawing is even more impressive when you consider the variety: E34-5 and 8-series. Mk3 Golf Audi Avus - AKA TT (and he helped define Audi's design language transition in the early 90's to the better known designs of 90's-00's) Volkswagen Concept 1 - New Beetle Thunderbird Ford GT Aston Martin DB9 Jaguar F-Type Ford Focus and Fiesta (2012) (Not to mention having effective final say for anything Ford badge since '99, including many cars in the PAG)

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  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.