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Ford Shaking Up Design Ops Again

Joel Piaskowski new European chief as Martin Smith sets retirement.

by on May.30, 2014

Joel Piaskowski is the new head of design for Ford Europe, taking over for Martin Smith, who is retiring at the end of the year.

The official word at Ford is that the company is making a smooth shift in management, COO Mark Fields set to replace the retiring Alan Mulally on July 1. But whether or not you call it a shake-up, things are getting pretty busy on the design side of the automaker’s org chart.

Only months after long-time design director J Mays handed his pen and sketchpad over to new global boss Moray Callum, Ford is now seeing a big transition in its European styling studios.

The Last Word!

Joel Piaskowski, who has only been with Ford since 2010, will be the maker’s new head of design on the continent, succeeding Martin Smith who also plans to retire late this year. Smith will spend his final months, we’re told, working on a special project with Callum “studying the future direction of Ford design.” That’s not out of line considering the impact Smith has had on Ford’s current styling strategy. (more…)

J Mays Stepping Down as Ford Global Design Chief

Moray Callum to take on global design duties.

by on Nov.06, 2013

Ford's global design chief J Mays, shown here at the launch of the Ford Flex, is resigning from the post effective Jan. 1.

J Mays, the talented but at times controversial group vice president and global design director at Ford Motor Co., will be retiring after 16 years with the Detroit automaker – and 33 years in the auto industry.

Mays, who was instrumental in breathing new life into Ford Design during the company’s often painful turnaround over the past decade, will be replaced by Moray Callum, who has been elected a Ford Motor Co. officer and named vice president, Design effective upon Mays’ official retirement on Jan. 1, 2014.

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Mays is stepping down even though two of his key projects recently, the redesign of the Ford Mustang and the F-150 pickup truck, have yet to be shown publicly. However, a concept version of the pickup truck was unveiled during the North American International Auto Show last January to favorable reviews. The maker continues to hold the new Mustang – which will debut on the nameplate’s 50th anniversary – under tight wraps. (more…)