Toyota recently announced its North American leadership changes with current president and COO of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), Jim Lentz, becoming the first American CEO of TMS.
Lentz will make the official rise from COO to CEO on April 1st and has been one of the prominent faces of Toyota during their recent recall issues. Lentz was the public face during the interview rounds and even testified before Congress to address the recall situation.
The other major announcement was the naming of Shigeki Terashi to the role of president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA). Mr. Terashi will also be Toyota’s chief regional officer for North America when he assumes his new role April 1st.