Vines anticipated that his Ford days were about to end

DETROIT: Jason Vines, who took the top communications spot at Ford

in February 2000, told PRWeek that he had known he would be a casualty

of the management shakeup that saw the departure of CEO Jac Nasser,

Vines' former boss.



Nasser brought Vines to Ford from Nissan. He became closely identified

as Nasser's spokesman through the two-year Ford-Firestone tire

controversy.



"I knew if the rumors were going to come true about Jac, I'd be gone in

a millisecond," Vines said. Nasser himself had warned Vines he'd be

losing his job shortly after Nasser knew he'd be leaving.



Vines helped Nasser through extraordinarily trying times. "The waves

started crashing in so soon, and just kept coming," Vines said.



An industry observer testified, "It was an incredibly untenable

situation, and you could see it in the bags under Vines' eyes whenever

he went out in public."



Some are speculating that Vines could quickly turn up at another auto

job such as heading PR for DaimlerChrysler. Vines would only say that

he's "gotten lots of calls."



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