Lockheed exec Washington succeeds Mascarenas as Ford's chief technical officer

Washington, 53, comes from Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Co.

UPDATED: 7/22/14 2:36 pm ET - adds details, links

Ford has hired Lockheed executive Ken Washington as chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering, effective Aug. 18, in a series of changes to the company’s leadership team.

He succeeds Paul Mascarenas, 53, who will retire after 32 years at Ford, effective Oct. 1, the automaker said in a statement today.

Washington, also 53, comes from Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Co., where he is currently vice president of the Space Technology Advanced Research and Development Laboratories.

In his new position, Washington will oversee the development and execution of technology strategy and plans at Ford. He will report to Raj Nair, group vice president of global product development.

Washington comes to Ford after a 28-year career in the space technology field with stints at Enterprise Business Services and Sandia National Laboratories.

In the statement, Nair said: “Ken is a dynamic leader and successful innovator with vast experience in research and advanced engineering.”

Mascarenas joined Ford in 1982, and became a key player in product development and advanced technology at the company. He has worked to bolster Ford’s connected car offerings, playing a major role in establishing Ford’s first Silicon Valley laboratory in 2012.

Mascarenas also was influential in Ford’s global development. He has traveled the globe for Ford, holding leadership positions over the years in product planning, body engineering, powertrain and program management in the U.S., Germany and the U.K.

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