Ford Design VP Jack Telnack to Retire, Ending a Career of Nearly 40 Years

Sep 15, 1997, 01:00 ET from Ford Motor Company

    DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Telnack, vice president -
 Corporate Design, has elected to retire at the end of the year, Ford Chairman
 Alex Trotman announced.  "We are grateful for Jack's outstanding contribution
 to Ford's product design over the years," Trotman said.  "His talents have
 been recognized far beyond Ford."
     Telnack, 60,  was elected a corporate vice president to head Ford's
 (NYSE:   F) global design organization in June 1987.  Previously, he was chief
 design executive for Ford North American Automotive Operations.  He headed the
 team that developed the company's aero look -- a ground-breaking new concept
 of aerodynamic design embodied in the 1983 Ford Thunderbird, as well as the
 1986 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable.  Aero design played a major role in the
 sales success of Ford and Lincoln-Mercury products in the '80s and '90s and
 has since been copied by nearly every automaker in the world.  The New York
 Times summed it up this way in 1987:  "The aero look -- with its sweeping
 lines and fuselage-like curves -- has made John J. Telnack one of the most
 influential designers Detroit has seen since Harley Earl introduced the
 'Torpedo Look' in 1940 ..."
     Recently, Telnack's teams introduced New Edge design, an evolution of aero
 design in which a vehicle's soft, sculpted forms intersect in sharp lines that
 delineate its shape.  The Ford Ka and Puma are examples of New Edge, as are a
 series of concept cars -- including Lincoln Sentinel, Mercury MC4 and Mercury
 MC2 -- that explore the application of this design philosophy on a variety of
     Telnack joined Ford as a designer in 1958 after graduating from Art Center
 College in Pasadena, Calif.  As a designer in the Ford Division styling
 studio, he worked with vehicle design teams on a number of projects, including
 the original Ford Mustang.  In 1965, he became head stylist at the Lincoln-
 Mercury styling studio.  He served as chief designer of Ford of Australia from
 1966 to 1969 and in 1974 became vice president of Design for Ford of Europe.
     He was appointed executive director of North American Light Car and Truck
 Design in 1976 and became executive director of North American Mid-Size Car
 and Interior Design in 1978.  He has been the recipient of numerous design
 awards and was named Automotive Industries 1989 Man-of-the-Year.
     He is the recipient of honorary degrees from Pratt Institute, Parsons
 School of Design and the Art Center College of Design.

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