Monday, March 11, 2013

Toyota-shake-up: US execs, role play

Toyota-shake-up: US execs, role play
Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau 13 clock.

In an unexpected announcement, Toyota has announced a major shake-up in its global governance which in particular will increase significantly the role of the North American market - and U.S. executives.

Jim Lentz, the American executives at the giant Japanese manufacturer positioned the realignment, as his number one chef for all of North America. The current head of the US is now speaker for Lexus international now managing the luxury brand Lexus. And mark Hogan, a former Senior Executive of General Motors becomes the first American ever on the 76-year-old Toyota Motor Co. of's Board of Directors.

"These changes, we help to achieve sustainable growth and our global vision of more responsibility for each region, including our North and South American operations, so that they can develop and deliver still offer our customers better products and the best service to realise", said Akio Toyoda, TMC global Chief Executive and grandson of the founder of the manufacturer.

Toyoda and other top managers were promising regional autonomy of the company in recent years especially in the wake of the 2009-2010 had to expand, that security scandal, which apparently limited authority U.S. be worsened by the managers to treat such problems.

Lentz, motor was sales, United States, manufacturer's powerhouse distributor already in management positions at Toyota. But the shake-up announced that the early Wednesday expanded its role, putting him in able to monitor the production and other operations in America.

"Integration of Toyota's North American subsidiaries under a more coherent and streamlined management structure is significantly to reinforce local responsibility of the business, to clarify decision making and strengthen our focus 'Customer first'", Lentz said in a prepared statement.

Japanese managers are not fully locked in the shake up. Kazuo Ohara will take over now the role of the United States sales Chief, Lentz, assuming that while Osamu Nagata plays a similar role in Canada.

But America's voice in Toyota clearly on the rise. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the announcement that mark Hogan, a one-time rising star will join in the firmament General Motors the Toyota Board. Hogan left GM after a dispute with the United Auto Workers Union, which threatened to prepare GM headaches. He has been involved in various aspects of the automotive industry, including a run as CEO of the giant, Canadians based automotive supplier Magna International. He is currently serving as President of the Dewey investments LLC.

Then there's mark Templin, who has run the luxury manufacturers the Division of Lexus in the United States was largely an American operation its first two decades, what both the size of the market and the fact that US buyers typically have been more open to new luxury brands. Lexus pushes itself globalized, and is interested above all in the Chinese market. But China's luxury segment halls largely the claims of the States, which seems good for Templin to play that now will oversee the brand all over the world.

Also, the list on the promotions Steve St. Angelo is appointed to help Toyota thrown by a pair of massive recalls related to so-called unintended acceleration solve the security crisis, the Executive. He has been, management, security, and quality problems but now runs Toyota operations in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Sao Paulo, in the heart of which are booming Brazilian market.

Now a wide range of executives, including Toyota's US, vehicle operating Chief Bob Carter, will win additional tasks or shift roles.

The management shake-up comes at a time when Toyota is positioning itself for major growth after regaining its global sales Crown in 2012.

But the company is also a number of challenges. Demand in China fell after a dispute between Japan and the nation through a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. Reminded to remain severe headaches, Toyota recall more vehicles in the United States market than any other manufacturer in the year 2012 - for the third time she has led the list four years and Germany's aggressive Volkswagen AG now hopes to take the global sales - and the result - before the end of the Decade.

The new management team, together with Toyota family heritage, Akio Toyoda, has no chance to relax in their new roles.

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