J Mays, Vice President - Design, Ford Automotive Operations
Prior to joining Ford, Mays served as vice president of Design Development at SHR Perceptual Management of Scottsdale, Ariz. from 1995 to 1997.
Following graduation in 1980 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Mays began his career as an exterior designer with Audi AG in Ingolstadt, Germany, where he was recognized for the design of the Audi 80.
In 1983, Mays moved to BMW AG in Munich, Germany to work on exterior design proposals for the BMW 5 and 8 series. Mays returned to Audi in 1984 as a senior designer. He was manager of exterior design and was responsible for developing aerodynamic research vehicles for Audi Rally/Trans Am programs.
He also worked to develop full-scale model proposals for the Audi 100, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Polo and Audi Cabrio. In addition, Mays designed the Audi AVUS concept car.
After spending the first part of his career in Germany, Mays came back to the U.S. in 1989 to work as the chief designer in Volkswagen of America's Design Center in Simi Valley, California.
He worked to establish a design center infrastructure including facilities and equipment needed for development of full-scale exterior and interior models. He was also responsible for the design and branding of the Volkswagen Concept 1, the precursor to the new Beetle.
In 1993, Mays returned to Audi AG in Germany as design director responsible for worldwide Audi design strategy, development and execution, before moving direction in his career by joining SHR.
Born October 15, 1954 in Pauls Valley, Okla., Mays is married and has one son.
Source: Ford Motor Company
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