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 senior managing executive officer for sales, marketing and service at Mazda Motor Corp. in Hiroshima, Japan.
Mazda said Daniel Morris, 49, CEO of Mazda Motor Europe GmbH, will take over Odell's duties at the Japanese automaker. The change is effective June 24.