DETROIT -- Mary Ann Wright, Ford Motor Co.'s chief hybrid engineer, is leaving the company. She resigned last week for personal reasons, Ford spokesman Oscar Suris said. Wright, 43, plans to stay on for a couple of weeks to assist her successor, Nancy Gioia, 45, who had been director of current model vehicle quality.
Ford also plans to consolidate its North American product development organization this week, company sources say, cutting the number of vehicle groups in half. Ford is expected to create essentially one car group and one truck group, down from four groups.
Raj Nair, executive director of North American SUVs, is expected to head the truck group. Marcos de Oliveira, executive director of medium and large front- and all-wheel-drive cars, is expected to lead the consolidated car group.
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