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David Woodhouse, head of Ford design, resigns

by Drew Johnson

No reason was given for his departure.

Ford Motor Company has confirmed that David Woodhouse, the company's director of global strategic design, has resigned. No reason was given for Woodhouse's departure.

Woodhouse made public his "difficult decision” to part ways with Ford via a Facebook post last week. A Ford spokesperson confirmed to Automotive News that Woodhouse "elected to leave the company,” but gave no further explanation.

Woodhouse, 50, joined Ford in 1999, taking a role with the company's Premier Auto Group that included Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. Woodhouse took over as the design director of Lincoln in 2013 and added director of global strategy to his job title in 2017.

Woodhouse is credited with helping to spark Lincoln's turnaround. During his time at Lincoln he helped to create the Mk9 Coupe Concept, Continental Concept and, most recently, the Aviator Concept.

Given his talent and young age, we fully expected Woodhouse to land another design gig in the auto industry, and likely soon.

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