UPDATE 3-Mazda's Booth to head Ford Europe, Japanese takes helm

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(Recasts, adds buyside comment) By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp said on Wednesday President Lewis Booth has stepped down to fill Ford Europe's vacated COO position, leaving the car maker in the hands of a Japanese veteran for the first time in seven years. The announcement came as a surprise since Booth had been expected to stay for at least two years after taking charge of Japan's fifth-largest auto maker in June 2002. "I recognise this is ...

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