As part of the annual moving of top executives at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., Bryan Bergsteinsson will step aside as group vice president and general manager of Lexus Division to run University of Toyota, the automaker's in-house training unit.
He will be replaced by Dennis Clements, president and general manager of Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors. Bergsteinsson, 54, has led Lexus since early 1998, when he took over the division from Jim Press, now Toyota executive vice president. Bergsteinsson's 30-year career at Toyota has included stints in sales, service, product planning, business planning, corporate planning, human resources, field operations and distribution.
Press said Bergsteinsson's new role will 'take advantage of lessons learned at Lexus to impact all of Toyota.' He added that Clements' strong field experience will help Lexus grow.
During Clements' nine-year tenure at Central Atlantic Toyota, sales doubled for the region. The company is Toyota's wholly owned distributorship for Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washing-ton, D.C. It includes the parts depot and quality port processors operations at the Baltimore, Maryland, port. Previously, Clements, 55, held sales positions in the Denver and New York regions as well as at Toyota headquarters. Before joining Toyota in 1983, he worked for Lincoln Mercury in Detroit and Los Angeles and for Ford in Buffalo, New York.
In moving to University of Toyota, Bergsteinsson replaces Richard Chitty, 56, who has taken an undisclosed assignment with Toyota Motor Corp.'s international operations.