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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. Chief Strategist Bruce Blythe is resigning after less than a year on the job but will remain an outside adviser to Chairman and CEO Bill Ford Jr.

The company said Blythe, 59, would retire from his post as chief strategy officer on Sept. 1.

“During the past year, Bruce helped us lay the groundwork and put in place a strategy that will allow us to move the company to the next level,” Bill Ford said in a statement. “I expect him to continue to play a role in our strategic decisions from the outside as we go forward.”

Nonetheless, the departure is a surprise considering his long ties with Bill Ford, who created the position specifically for Blythe. He will resume a previous role as consultant to Ford Motor and the Ford family, the company said.

The role of a top strategist at Ford was more prominent a few years back when the automaker was diving into myriad e-commerce ventures, acquiring smaller automakers and exploring other unorthodox ventures.

Under Bill Ford, the company has shed nonautomotive ventures to focus on global car and truck operations. The regional heads of Ford’s operations have also assumed increasingly larger roles in setting strategic goals under Bill Ford and Vice Chairman Allan Gilmour.

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