J Mays is one of the last senior executives remaining from the Jacques Nasser era. Two other veteran senior executives. Moray Callum, 58, design director for Ford in North America, will replace Mays, 59.
Also retiring after long Ford careers are Jim Tetreault, 57, vice president of North American manufacturing, and Martin Mulloy, vice president of labor relations.
Ford said all changes take affect Jan 1.