Ford just announced a series of changes in its senior leadership team, and one of them is the retirement of J Mays, group vice president and chief creative officer of design. J Mays is retiring after more than 33 years in the automotive industry, 16 of which were with Ford. Mays joined Ford in 1997 as vice president of design and led the teams that developed new models of the Ford Fusion, Focus, Fiesta, Taurus, Mustang and F-150. For a look at some of J Mays’ coolest concept cars click over to Core 77.

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Prior to joining Ford, J Mays began his design career with Audi and also held positions with BMW and Volkswagen before coming to Ford. In addition to several Ford concept models, like the Ford Atlas, Evos, Shelby GR-1, and Lincoln MKC, Mays also helped create the Volkswagen Concept 1 the modern interpretation of the Beetle.

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,” said Mark Fields, Ford chief operating officer. “In addition to his talent as a world-class designer, J has brought together one of the most talented design teams in the business. We are grateful for his creativity and leadership and congratulate him on his retirement from Ford.” J Mays’ successor will be Moray Callum, who is currently Ford’s executive director of design.

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