TOKYO - Ford Motor Co. last week continued to tighten its control over Mazda Motor Corp., increasing by one the number of Ford executives on the Japanese company's board even as it reduced the number of directors to 35, from 39.
In addition, Executive Vice President Mamoru Takebayashi will become Mazda chairman, replacing Yoshihiro Wada. Wada will become an advising director.
After the changes are approved at a June 27 Mazda shareholders meeting, Ford managers will hold half of the posts at the managing director level and above and eight of the 35 board spots.
Although two Ford executives are leaving Mazda - Ross Witschonke and Terry Emrick -three new Ford managers are joining the board of the Hiroshima-based carmaker.
James Miller, who will become executive vice president and assistant to President Henry Wallace. Miller, group managing director of Samcor, Ford's affiliate in South Africa, will be the second highest ranking non-Japanese at Mazda.
Richard Beattie, president and chief executive of North American Operations, also will become managing director in charge of North American Operations.
Paul Stokes, deputy general manager of the Purchasing Division, will become a director. Like several of the other Ford managers who have come to Mazda, Stokes is an alumnus of Jaguar. He was purchasing director there from February 1991 to December 1994.
With 11 board members retiring, Mazda's new board will average just under 53 years of age, compared with just over 56 years for the current board.
The youngest new director is Fumiaki Inami, 47, general manager of the Product Planning Division. Inami has been working closely with Ford managers to coordinate the two companies' future product programs.