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Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., said March 9 that Robert Rewey, group vice president, global consumer services and North America, will retire as expected March 23 after 38 years with the automaker.

Advertising Age reported Feb. 26 that Ford postponed the retirement announcement when two other Ford executives bolted to DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group.

Mr. Rewey will be succeeded by Brian Kelley, 40, who remains a vice president. Mr. Kelley joined Ford in 1999 as president of ConsumerConnect, its e-business strategy unit. He will now take on Mr. Rewey's duties, overseeing global marketing, Ford Racing, dealer development, the consumer services group and ConsumerConnect.

Karen Francis, meanwhile, joins Ford as a vice president and president of ConsumerConnect. She had been chief marketing officer of Internet Capital Group, San Francisco, which she joined last spring from General Motors Corp. She worked for GM for about five years and rose to the rank of general marketing manager of Oldsmobile, the first woman at GM to head a vehicle division.

Copyright March 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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