In a press release, the Ford Motor Company has announced the upcoming retirement of their global design head, J Mays, effective January 1. Moray Callum will succeed Mays as vice president for design.

J Mays has had a career that spans 33 years in the automotive industry, 16 of them at Ford.

Mays was the leader for Ford's global design language seen in today's production cars such as the Ford Fusion, Focus, Fiesta, Taurus, Mustang and F-150.

He also was responsible for several significant concept vehicles, including the Ford Atlas, Evos, 427, Forty-Nine, Shelby GR-1, Lincoln MKZ and MKC.

Prior to his career at Ford, J Mays was a part of the BMW and VW Group design teams. Mays was most notably a key designer behind the Volkswagen Concept One, later evolving into the Volkswagen New Beetle.