Ford chief of staff to retire

DETROIT, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. said on Friday that John Rintamaki, its chief of staff, will retire in August after 30 years with the world's second-largest automaker.

Rintamaki, 60, has been chief of staff since 2000. The position made him responsible, among other areas, for human resources, government affairs, environmental and safety engineering and the Ford Fund.

Dearborn, Michigan-based, Ford said those same responsibilities would now be assumed by Allan Gilmour, vice chairman and chief financial officer.

Gilmour, 68, who was coaxed out of retirement to become Ford's third CFO in less than a year last May, has said he wants the company to name a successor for him as chief financial officer.

In the statement announcing Rintamki's retirement, Ford said Gilmour retains the CFO post for now, however.