January 4, 2008 - Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) today announced the following executive appointments, effective immediately:
With the recent retirement of Bob Pitts, following 36 years of distinguished service, administrative services will now report to Tracey Doi, group vice president & CFO.
Chris Hostetter, vice president of advanced product strategy and product planning is promoted to group vice president of advanced product strategy and product planning. Hostetter continues to report to Dave Danzer, group vice president, corporate strategy and product planning.
Randy Pflughaupt, vice president of marketing, is promoted to group vice president of marketing, Toyota Division. Pflughaupt continues to report to Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division.
Bill Fay, vice president of sales, is promoted to group vice president, sales administration, replacing Al Cabito. A distinguished 36-year veteran of Toyota, Cabito elected to retire, effective January 2008. Fay reports to Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operations.
Jim Colon, vice president of Lexus sales and dealer development, is appointed vice president of sales, Toyota Division, replacing Fay. Colon reports to Carter.
Brian Smith, corporate manager, marketing/SUV, is promoted to vice president of Lexus sales and dealer development, replacing Colon. Smith will report to Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager of the Lexus Division.
Kevin Higgins, national sales and product planning manager, is promoted to corporate manager, marketing/SUV, replacing Smith. Higgins reports to Pflughaupt.
Mike Reding, vice president of corporate accessories, is appointed to the new position of vice president, sales support and international operations, with responsibility for Fleet/Toyota Rent a Car/Toyota Certified Used Vehicles and international operations. Reding reports to Fay. Elaine Matsuda, corporate manager of customer relations, is promoted to vice president of corporate accessories, replacing Reding. Matsuda continues to report to Jane Beseda, group vice president and general manager, customer service division.
Nancy Fein, vice president of Lexus customer service, is appointed vice president of customer relations, replacing Matsuda. Fein reports to Beseda.
Al Smith, corporate manager of Fleet/Toyota Rent a Car/Toyota Certified Used Vehicles, is promoted to vice president of Lexus customer service, replacing Fein. Smith reports to Templin.
Scott Heyer, national fleet sales and marketing manager, is promoted to corporate manager of Fleet/Toyota Rent a Car/Toyota Certified Used Vehicles, replacing Smith. Heyer reports to Reding.
Barbara Arnold, assistant general counsel, is promoted to vice president of ethics, compliance, and enterprise risk management, with added responsibility for environmental, health and safety, which currently reports to administrative services. Arnold continues to report to Chris Reynolds, vice president and general counsel.
Ginger Bauer, managing counsel, legal services group, is promoted to corporate manager, assistant general counsel. Bauer assumes responsibility for the business operations legal support group previously managed by Arnold. Bauer reports to Reynolds.
Following a venerable 40-year career with Toyota, Dudley Hawley, TMS vice president and president of AirFlite, has announced his desire to retire in 2008. Appointed TMS vice president and senior advisor of AirFlite, Hawley continues to report to Bob Daly, group vice president of TMS.
Joe Williamson, corporate manager of vehicle logistics field operations, is promoted to TMS vice president and president of AirFlite, replacing Hawley. Williamson reports to Hawley until Hawley's retirement in 2008.
Mike Evans, national logistics manager, is promoted to corporate manager of vehicle logistics field operations, replacing Williamson. Evans reports to Alan DeCarr, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Logistics Services.
Ben Mitchell, national manager of Lexus planning is promoted to corporate manager of product planning for Lexus/Scion. Mitchell reports to Andrew Coetzee, vice president of product planning.
Greg Lang, national operations manager for Mexico, is promoted to corporate manager of product planning for Toyota Division and Mexico. Lang reports to Coetzee.
Sandy Lobenstein, national manager of pricing & sales planning is promoted to corporate manager, North American planning and pricing administration. Lobenstein reports to Coetzee.
Zack Hicks, corporate manager, IS, is appointed corporate manager of administrative services. Hicks reports to Tracey Doi, group vice president and CFO.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles in the United States. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers. Toyota directly employees over 33,000 people in the U.S. and sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in 2007. For more information about our operations, please visit http://www.toyota.com, http://www.lexus.com, and http://www.scion.com/.
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