David Leitch, a lawyer working in the White House, has been hired as Ford Motor Co.'s general counsel.
Leitch, 44, replaces Dennis Ross, 54, who leaves June 1. Leitch starts work on Friday, April 1, and Ross will focus on tax issues until June.
Ross, who joined Ford in 1995, will be a consultant to Ford after June 1.
Leitch has been deputy assistant to President Bush since 2003.