July 22, 2008 - Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A, Inc. announced management promotions for its Toyota and Lexus divisions.
The following executive assignments are effective immediately:
Jon Bucci is appointed to vice president, TMS advanced technology. Bucci will oversee strategic planning and implementation of electronics-related products and services for Lexus, Toyota and Scion products. Bucci will continue to report to Dave Danzer, group vice president, strategic and product planning.
Zack Hicks is appointed to vice president, administration. Hicks will oversee administrative services including real estate and facilities, corporate procurement and supplier diversity, workplace health and safety, associate services, business continuity, and finance system strategies. Hicks will continue to report to Tracey Doi, group vice president and chief financial officer.
Cheryl Hughes is appointed to vice president, rewards, workforce and technology. Hughes will oversee the design, implementation and administration of TMS’ compensation and benefits programs. Hughes will continue to report to Miles B. King, group vice president, human resources.
Mike Michels is appointed to vice president, communications. Michels will oversee all Toyota, Lexus and Scion product news, business-media relations, field public relations activities and new media communications efforts. Michels will continue to report to Irv Miller, group vice president, corporate communications.
Michael Rouse is appointed to vice president, philanthropy and community affairs. Rouse will oversee corporate philanthropy, community relations, internal publications, executive communications, department strategic and long-range planning, and the Toyota Video Production Center. Rouse will continue to report to Irv Miller, group vice president, corporate communications.
Tony Mueller, currently on assignment at Toyota Motor China Investment Co., Ltd. (TMCI), is appointed to TMS corporate manager. At TMCI, Mueller is vice president, field operations, and reports to Sean Nozaki, executive vice president.
Jim Pisz is appointed to corporate manager, advanced technology. He will oversee long-term planning for electronics and telematics, and the implementation of next-generation telematics. Pisz will continue to report to Jon Bucci, vice president, advanced technology.
Gary Smith is appointed to corporate manager, service technology. Smith will oversee product quality and service technology for all Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles, parts and accessories. Smith will continue to report to Dave Zellers, vice president, product quality and service support.
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