Toyota Canada shuffles executives as Wearing retires


Toyota Canada has shuffled its top staff after its longest-serving executive, Tony Wearing, has announced his retirement.

Larry Hutchinson, a 26-year Toyota associate is being promoted to managing director and will assume responsibility for Toyota, Lexus and Scion divisions, product planning, sales and inventory planning, and dealer standards and representation.

Cyril Dimitris, with Toyota since 1988 and was recently appointed director of Lexus Canada, will assume responsibility for the Scion sales and brand team, enabling greater concentration of effort for the two specialized brands.

Stephen Beatty, a 14-year associate will be appointed to corporate secretary in addition to his current role as managing director responsible for information services, external affairs, corporate planning and communications, marketing, and customer experience management.

Beatty will also assume responsibility for human resources and administration.

Seiji Ichii, president and CEO of Toyota Canada said the executive appointments would take effect on January 2.

These appointments follow the retirement, effective December 31, of Tony Wearing, senior managing director.

Wearing was Toyota Canada’s longest-serving executive, having worked in the organization for the past 43 years.

“Tony’s experience in guiding TCI’s strategic direction has resulted in unprecedented sales and brand growth,” Ichii said in a statement. “He retires with an extraordinary legacy of tireless service and gracious leadership.”