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J Mays speaks at UDM's 2010 "Ford Innovation Symposium"

Ford Motor Company's Group Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer J Mays will visit the University of Detroit Mercy to give the lecture, "Innovation and Design," as part of the 2010 Ford Innovation Symposium. The symposium will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at 6 p.m. on the McNichols Campus in the Life Sciences Building, Room 113.

Mays joined Ford Motor Company in 1997 as vice president of Design and was named group vice president in 2003. In 2005, he took on the expanded role of group vice president and chief creative officer.

During his career at Ford, Mays has simultaneously managed and developed the design language of multiple vehicle brands. He has also successfully led the effort to develop a single, global Ford Design language that now applies to most vehicles Ford produces around the world. Currently, he is responsible for shaping the global design direction of Ford Motor Company’s Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, and creating long-range strategic design visions that support the worldwide ‘One Ford’ business model to develop products customers want and value.

Mays has received many professional awards and accomplishments, including the Harvard Design School annual Excellence in Design Award in February 2002 and the Don Kubly Professional Attainment Award from the Art Center in September 2002. In 2010, he was profiled in the January issue of Esquire magazine. Mays has also taken on unique advisory consulting roles.  For example, he worked with Disney/Pixar on vehicle design for the 2006 animated feature-film Cars.

For the second year, undergraduate students had the opportunity to enter the 2010 UDM Ford Innovation contest, showcasing the most creative new ideas for future Ford vehicles. At the symposium, the winners of this year’s contest will be announced. For more information, contact Nicole Oliver at 313-993-1218 or

Release date: November 09,2010

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