DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- J. C. Mays has been elected vice president - Design, effective October 1, succeeding Jack Telnack who has announced his intention to retire at the end of the year. Mays has been vice president - Design Development for SHR Perceptual Management since 1995. Previously, Mays held a number of senior design positions with the German automaker Audi and its parent company Volkswagen. "We welcome the breadth of experience J. Mays will bring to our product development process," said Ford (NYSE: F) Chairman Alex Trotman. "Distinctive, purposeful design is an essential element in our plans to excite and delight millions of customers throughout the world." Mays was a design director for Audi in Ingolstadt, Germany, from 1993 to 1994. In 1989, Mays was named chief designer at Volkswagen of America's Design Center in Simi Valley, Calif. From 1983 to 1984, Mays had been a senior designer for BMW AG in Munich. He began his career as a designer with Audi AG in Ingolstadt in 1980. Mays, 42, studied journalism at the University of Oklahoma, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. He has received numerous awards of recognition as the designer of the VW Concept 1 in 1994, the Audi AVUS in 1991 and the Audi 80 in 1983.
SOURCE Ford Motor Company