Mazda Motor Corp. says Ikuo Maeda will replace Laurens van den Acker as general manager-Design Div., effective today. Van den Acker is leaving the auto maker “to pursue other interests,” but staying on until April 10 “to ensure a smooth transition to Maeda.” Maeda joined Mazda in 1982 and held positions in the U.S. and Japan. In the late 1980s, he spent three years at Mazda North American Operations’ design studio. In 1999 and 2000, Maeda spent time at former majority-owner Ford Motor ...

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