José Maria Terol, currently Ford of Spain marketing director, will take over as president and managing director of Mazda Automóviles España on 1 January 2004, replacing Manuel de la Guardia, who is to become director of commercial vehicles at Ford España.

Terol, 44, has held several executive positions in the Ford of Spain organisation since joining the company in 1986, including running dealer, sales planning and distribution in 1996 and field operations in 1997. He has been marketing director since 1999.

De la Guardia has run Mazda Automóviles España for four years.