Ford Motor Co.'s top sales and marketing executive is expected to retire early this year, sources say.
Steve Lyons, 57, group vice president of North America marketing, sales and service, likely will be replaced by Francisco Codina, vice president of Ford's customer service division.
Codina, 54, has improved the profitability of Ford's parts and service business and is well-regarded by dealers.
The Detroit News reported Sunday that Lyons will retire in March and that he's negotiating with Ford to become a dealer.
Lyons said Sunday that he is "not leaving Ford whatsoever." He called The Detroit News report wrong. But he wouldn't say what was wrong or whether he will remain in his current job.
Ford will reduce one officer position as part of the subsequent reorganization of the sales and marketing leadership team, a Ford source said.
Darryl Hazel, 57, vice president of marketing, is expected to go back to his former job as vice president of the customer service division. Al Giombetti, 48, vice president of sales, will become vice president of sales and marketing.
Ford is likely to name two new executive directors to lead the Ford brand and the Lincoln and Mercury brands, the source said.
Lyons, a 34-year Ford veteran, has been Ford's sales chief for less than a year. He got the group vice president job last April after a three-year stint as president of the Ford Division.