Two senior Ford executives are retiring but only one is being replaced.

Ford Asia Pacific and Africa head John Parker, retiring after 41 years with the automaker, will be replaced by the current manufacturing and labour head Joe Hinrichs.

Ford executive vice president and chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, John Fleming, will add Hinrichs' global manufacturing and labour affairs responsibilities.

No replacement was named for Phil Spender, a Ford vice president and Mazda executive vice president, who leaves after 34 years

Parker, 62, joined Ford in South Africa and has held numerous senior roles within Ford's Asia Pacific and Africa region and served as a senior executive vice president at Mazda. He has head Asia Pacific and Africa operations since 2006.

Spender, 55, joined Ford New Zealand in 1975 before he moved on to senior manufacturing roles at Ford Australia, at one time heading the automaker's Geelong plant. He was instrumental in establishing operations at Ford India and automotive joint ventures across China and also led the transformation of the Ford Mazda joint venture, AutoAlliance International, in North America.
In 2008, Spender was elected vice president of Ford and elected by Mazda as an executive vice president and representative director. Based in Japan, Spender had guided the transition of Ford's reduced shareholding in Mazda and contributed to Mazda's global restructuring and quick return to profitability during the global financial crisis.