Richard Parry-Jones, the British engineer who helped mastermind some of Ford of Europes hottest vehicles in the 1980s and 90s, is retiring at year end.
Parry-Jones, 56, led the development of the European 1981 Escort and 1983 Sierra. He held a number of posts in Fords European operations before becoming vice president of product development in Europe, a position he held until 1997. During this time, Fords Focus, Ka, Fiesta, Puma, Mondeo, Cougar and Galaxy were developed under his leadership.
Parry-Jones has worked for Ford for 30 years.
Richards feel for the customer and technical expertise has helped improve all of our brands, and his drive and determination have been a great inspiration to our engineers as we have accelerated the development of our new products that people really want and value, Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally said in a statement.
Ford spokesman Tom Hoyt said Parry-Jones cited personal reasons for his decision to retire.