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Ford Trims Officer Ranks

Stephen Lyons departs.
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cut its corporate officer ranks by four, just a day after outlining plans to cut 25,000 jobs.

The Dearborn, Mich., carmaker said Stephen G. Lyons, group vice president for North America marketing, sales and service, will retire effective March 1. He'll be replaced by Cisco Codina.

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Ford said it also streamlined its product development organization to two corporate officers from three and its marketing, sales and service organization in North America to three officers from four.

Darryl Hazel, vice president and president, marketing, succeeds Codina as president, Ford customer service division. Also reporting to Codina is Al Giombetti, who is appointed vice president and president, Ford and Lincoln Mercury, marketing and sales. Tim O'Brien, previously Ford Motor Company vice president, corporate relations, is named deputy chief of staff, executive operations and sustainability, reporting to Steve Hamp, chief of staff, effective immediately.

Barbara Gasper, vice president of investor relations, will leave to pursue other interests. She won't be replaced at the corporate officer level.