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US:Ford names Odell to run Ford of Britain
Ford names Odell to run Ford of Britain
Morris departs Mazda Europe to head sales in Japan
By Bradford Wernle and Yuzo Yamaguchi
Automotive News Europe
DETROIT -- Stephen Odell, 50, has been named chairman-elect of Ford of Britain.
Odell will succeed Roger Putnam, 59, who is retiring after 40 years in the industry. Odell is currently senior managing executive officer for sales, marketing and service at Mazda Motor Corp. in Hiroshima, Japan.
Mazda said that Daniel Morris will take over Odell's duties at the Japanese automaker. The change is effective June 24.
Morris, 49, is currently CEO of Mazda Motor Europe GmbH. He will also be promoted to director and senior managing executive officer for Mazda. With a master's degree in marketing, Morris had worked in global product marketing at Ford before he moved to Mazda's European operations in 2001.
Odell will start in his new job July 1. Before his current assignment Odell was president of Mazda Motor Europe, and previously held marketing and sales positions with Ford in North America, Jaguar and Ford of Europe. He will be responsible for Ford's relations with the British government and running Ford's sales and marketing operations in Britain. Ford is the top selling brand in the United Kingdom.
Putnam has been an influential industry figure. Before becoming chairman of Ford of Britain in 2002, he was global marketing director for Jaguar and presided over a restructuring of the dealer network and the launch of several key products including the XJ8, XK8, S-Type and X-Type.
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