LONDON -- Ford Motor Co.'s head of manufacturing in Europe, Mike Flewitt, has left his post after just five months in the job.
Flewitt, an English native, was appointed to the role on Jan. 1, but will be replaced as of June 1. Ford named American Jeff Wood, 52, as his successor. Wood is director of manufacturing for Ford's North America vehicle assembly operations.
Flewitt, 50, left "to pursue other career interests," Ford said in a statement. Automotive News Europe has learned he has returned to the UK from the company's European headquarters in Cologne, Germany.
Ford has been hit by the industrywide slump in the European car market and is currently under pressure to trim manufacturing costs as it tries to make its European operations profitable again. In the first quarter, Ford of Europe reported a pre-tax loss of $149 million.
The automaker is cutting some working days at its plants in Valencia, Spain, and Cologne, Germany, and has also cut daily production rates at its factory in Saarlouis, Germany.