Leclair worked for the second-largest domestic automaker for 32 years, joining in 1976. He has served as the CFO since 2003.
Leclair, 56, has the unusual distinction of being replaced by someone older than he: 59-year-old Lewis Booth. Booth is associated with successful turnarounds at Ford of Europe and at Mazda.
Ford stock is trading at a little over $2 a share as the financial markets buffet auto stocks, and as the market reels from the impact of the gutting and reshaping of the banking and investment industries.