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FORD SECRETARY JAMES COURTER TO RETIRE

 DEARBORN, Mich., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- James A. Courter, secretary and associate general counsel of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), will retire July 1, 1993.
 John M. Rintamaki has been elected to succeed Courter as company secretary. Rintamaki also will continue as an assistant general counsel, a position he has held since 1991.
 Ford Chairman Harold A. Poling praised Courter as having "served Ford with dedication and distinction and, in the process, earned the respect, admiration and friendship of his colleagues and associates -- both inside and outside the company.
 "What I admire most about Jim is that he has the unusual ability to step back from the awesome complexities of our business and put it all into perspective," said Poling, acknowledging Courter's contributions to the company and noting that he "played a pivotal role in the creation and structuring of Ford of Europe as a legal entity."
 Courter joined Ford in 1961 as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel. He was named a senior attorney for Ford of Europe, Inc. in 1967 and an assistant secretary of the company in 1969. In 1971, he was appointed corporate counsel and in 1972 was named assistant general counsel - corporate.
 He was appointed associate general counsel in 1974 and elected company secretary in January 1987.
 Born May 21, 1936, in Lansing, Mich., Courter was graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit and the University of Detroit Law School. He lives in Bingham Farms, Mich.
 Rintamaki joined Ford in July 1973 as an attorney with Ford Aerospace and Communications Corp. subsidiary after serving nine years as an attorney with the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps.
 He joined Ford Motor Company's Office of the General Counsel in September 1978 as a senior attorney handling international issues and later was named associate counsel - Corporate Financings. In September 1986, he was named assistant secretary and associate counsel.
 Born on March 2, 1942, in Wakefield, Mich., Rintamaki earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and graduated with distinction. He was graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
 He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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