Ford group vice-president and product guru to retire at the end of 2007
18 October 2007

Richard Parry-Jones, group vice-president and chief technical officer at Ford, will retire on 31 December 2007 after 30 years with the company.Parry Jones commented on his decision to retire, saying that he is "most proud of the fantastic people I've worked with and the fantastic products we've created." Dr Gerhard Schmidt, currently Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering, will assume the role of chief technical officer alongside his present duties.Ford president Alan Mulally said that "Richard's feel for the customer and technical expertise has helped improve all our brands, and his drive and determination have been an inspiration to our engineers."In more recent years, Parry-Jones has specialised in the development of environmental technologies and is also renowned for his expertise in driving dynamics and refinement.When asked which products he was most proud of, Parry-Jones named the 1993 Mondeo and 1998 Focus; both milestones in the evolution of Ford. We like Parry-Jones so much we gave him our 'Man of the Year' award in 1994, and he'll be sorely missed should he decide to exit the industry all together. If his achievements are anything to go by, Ford will miss him more than most.

Richard Parry-Jones: What he's achieved

Parry-Jones joined the Ford Product Development Group in 1969 as a trainee, before starting his first full-time position in 1973. By 1982 he was appointed manager of Small Car Programs and was central to the development of the Escort. Between 1994 and 1998 Parry-Jones was vice-president of the Product Development Group, during which time he led the development of the Focus, Ka, Fiesta, Puma and Mondeo. He became group-vice president in 1998 before being appointed chief technical officer in 2001.

Our Verdict

Ford Mondeo 2007-2014

The Ford Mondeo is a fine car in most areas. The family hatch is still a class leader even as its replacement nears

Join the debate

Comments
1

21 June 2008

Reading between the lines, FMC have said that one man can do the work of two people, wonder how Parry-Jones feels about that then and whether it was his decision to move on?

Was he being carried (?) because that's what it sounds like to me reading the article.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK