June 24th, 2010
07:16 AM GMT
(CNN) – Toyota Motor Corp. is moving aside Japanese managers in Europe and North America in favor of local managers.
The move comes in the aftermath of Toyota’s recall saga earlier this year, when millions of cars around the world were pulled due to a variety of problems ranging from faulty brakes to issues with stuck accelerators. The Thursday announcement coincided with Toyota President Akio Toyoda’s first meeting with shareholders since the recalls.
The company was widely criticized for not being able to effectively communicate the separate problems which were cropping up in North America and Europe. Toyoda promised to give regional markets more of a voice in global operations.
“The aim is to put in place management structures capable of more rapidly and accurately grasping local conditions and identifying local needs,” a statement released Thursday said. “Taking both a medium- and long-term view, (Toyota) has long fostered local personnel in overseas markets.”
Here’s how the shake-up looks:
Toyota Motor Europe:President Didier Leroy (formerly Tadashi Arashima)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc.: President Chris Nielsen (formerly Kenji Fukuta)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc.: President Norm Bafunno (formerly Kazumori Oi)
Europe Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey Inc.: President Orhan Ozer (formerly Tamer Unlu)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland: President Carl Klemm (formerly Kenji Manabe)
At Toyota Motor Manufacturing operations in Kentucky and Canada, the current presidents (Steve St.Angelo and Real C. Tanguay, respectively) were promoted to newly created positions of chairmen, and Wil James and Brian Krinock were named new presidents.
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