DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is shuffling its global engineering team.
The automaker named Paul Mascarenas chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering, replacing Gerhard Schmidt, 64, who will retire Feb. 1.
Mascarenas, 49, had been vice president of engineering. He will take on the new role Jan. 1, reporting to Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development.
Ford also announced several other retirements, promotions and new assignments. Among those reporting to Kuzak, effective Jan. 1:
-- Barb Samardzich, 52, vice president of powertrain engineering, will become vice president of global product programs.
-- Hau Thai-Tang, 44, director of product development for South America operations, will become executive director of global product programs.
-- Joe Bakaj, 48, vice president of global product programs and product development at Ford of Europe, will become vice president of powertrain engineering.
-- Raj Nair, 45, vice president of Asia Pacific and Africa operations, will become vice president of engineering.