LOS ANGELES -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. has changed several field and headquarters postings as part of its annual management shift. The moves take effect Monday, July 1.
Among the changes at headquarters: Chris Hostetter, 47, vice president of advanced product strategy, has added product planning to his responsibilities. Robert Carter, 42, has been named Lexus Division vice president of sales and dealer development. Carter was dealer principal of Hyannis (Mass.) Toyota. Carter also has worked for Toyota, his last position being general manager of the Denver region. Tony Fujita, 57 , Lexus Division vice president of service, parts, customer satisfaction and training, has been named to the newly created post of vice president, Global Knowledge Center. The Global Knowledge Center, part of the University of Toyota, tries to improve sales and marketing tactics of Toyota operations worldwide. Mark Templin, 41, Lexus southern area manager, will take Fujita's spot. Ed Laukes, 44, takes Templin's job.
Several field representatives have been given new headquarters positions. They include: Jim Farley, 40, Lexus central area manager, has been named corporate manager of the Scion youth brand. Mark Del Rosso, Lexus eastern area assistant manager, takes Farley's spot. Randy Pflughaupt, 43, Toyota San Francisco regional general manager, has replaced the retiring Bob Skiles as corporate manager of distribution operations. Paul Hold-ridge, 48, Kansas City region general manager, takes Pflughaupt's spot. Nancy Fein, 48, assistant Los Angeles regional manager, takes Hold-ridge's position.
Toyota also added the vice president's title to three regional general managers: Dave Camden, 51, Cincinnati region; Jim Colon, 49, Chicago region; and Dave Fleming, 44, New York region.