The Toyota shuffle


Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA) announced executive changes 
across Toyota’s North and South American affiliate companies, which are
 effective as of April 1.

TMA said these executive appointments are intended to give greater 
autonomy and more local control to regional executives and managers so they
can provide superior customer-focused products and services.

The automaker said the moves also advance Toyota’s efforts to integrate 
top regional talent into its global leadership team in order to best meet
 the needs of customers around the world.

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), said: “These 
changes will help us to achieve sustainable growth and realize our global vision by giving more responsibility to each region, including our North and 
South American operations, so that they may develop and deliver ever better 
products and offer the best service to our customers.”

The changes announced today include naming Jim Lentz senior managing
 officer of TMC, chief executive officer North America Region, and president
 and chief operating officer of TMA.

In this new role, Lentz will over see all of Toyota’s North America affiliates, including Toyota Canada Inc.

Lentz said “Integrating Toyota’s North America affiliates under a more 
unified and streamlined management structure will significantly enhance
 local responsibility over operations, clarify decision-making and strengthen
 our ‘customer-first’ focus.”