Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA, Inc. announced top management changes for its Toyota and Lexus divisions.
The following executive assignments are effective immediately:Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Lexus Division, is appointed group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division, filling the position held by Jim Lentz before his promotion to executive vice president of TMS in June 2006. Carter will be responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for the Toyota Division and Scion. He continues to report to Don Esmond, senior vice president, automotive operations.
Since joining TMS in 1981, Carter has held numerous key positions, including general manager of Toyota’s Denver region and general manager of Lexus’ Eastern area. He also held the position of general manager and part owner of Hyannis Toyota in Hyannis, Mass.
Jim Farley, group vice president, marketing, is appointed group vice president and general manager, Lexus Division, replacing Carter. Farley will assume responsibility for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for the Lexus Division. Farley, whose replacement will be named in the near future, will also report to Esmond.
Farley joined TMS in 1990 in the strategic-planning department. Since then he has held numerous key management positions within product planning, marketing, and advertising, including an assignment as general manager of product management for Toyota Europe. Farley served as general manager of Lexus’ Central area before joining Scion in July 2002.At Scion, where he was responsible for the brand’s launch,
Farley served as corporate manager before being promoted to vice president. Prior to his promotion to group vice president of marketing for the Toyota Division, Farley was vice president of marketing for the Toyota Division.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicle brands in the United States, celebrating its 50th anniversary in America this year. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of 1,445 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers. Toyota directly employs over 33,000 people in the U.S. and sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in 2006.
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