James O’Connor, a 40-year Ford Motor Co. veteran, will retire at the end of the year, the company says in a press release. Earl Hesterberg, vice president-Ford of Europe marketing, sales and service, will replace him and report to Greg Smith, executive vice president-Americas. John Fleming takes on the role of Ford of Europe president, filling the post originally left vacant when Lewis Booth was promoted to Ford of Europe CEO. O’Connor, whose tenure has spanned the life of the Mustang, ...

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