Ford Motor Co.’s J Mays differs from James Bond in many ways. The fictional superspy likes his martinis shaken, not stirred. How does Mays portray his recent overhaul of Ford’s design staff? “We’re stirring, not shaking,” Mays says. “It’s very gentle movement, and all part of the plan.” In a surprising move last week, Mays, group vice president and chief creative officer, returned Peter Horbury, executive design director-The Americas, to Volvo Car Corp., filling his vacated U.S. post ...

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