- Ford Motor Company has announced the retirements of two senior executives in the Asia Pacific and Africa region and key appointments to support its 'One Ford' transformation plan.

John Parker, executive vice-president, Asia Pacific and Africa, is retiring from 1 January after a 41-year career with the company.

Parker, 62, has been Ford’s senior leader for Asia Pacific and Africa since 2006.

And Phil Spender, Ford vice-president and executive vice-president, Mazda Motor Corporation, retires on the same date.

Spender, 55, joined Ford New Zealand in 1975 and in 2008 was elected vice-president of Ford and elected by Mazda as an executive vice-president and representative director.

Ford also announced two key leadership changes that will support the company’s 'One Ford' transformation plan. Joe Hinrichs, 42, who is currently group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, will succeed Parker as Ford’s group vice-president and president, Asia Pacific and Africa, and operate out of Shanghai, China.

His appointment is effective 1 December and he will work closely with Parker to ensure a smooth transaction. And John Fleming, 58, will add the role of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs to his current responsibilities as executive vice-president and chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, effective 1 December.

Fleming will continue to be based in Cologne, Germany.

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