Jim Press is Toyota's top American executive in the United States.
Press will direct sales, marketing and distribution in the United States. He is the first American president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. He had been COO of the company.
The promotion was part of a reshuffling of Toyota's top executives.
Yuki Funo, the former president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., was named chairman and CEO of the company and also head of the Americas Operations. In the new position, he will coordinate and unify all Toyota companies in North and South America.
In Japan, Toyota Motor Corp. named Executive Vice President Tokuichi Uranishi to head overseas operations, including the United States but excluding China.
Uranishi, 63, is a veteran of the company's overseas operations. Before this promotion, he led Toyota's European and African operations for four years and overseas planning for one year.
For three years starting in 1990, he worked as a general manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. in Torrance, Calif.
Shareholders approved the appointment of Katsuaki Watanabe, an expert in purchasing supplier relations, as president. He replaces Fujio Cho.
Cho becomes vice chairman, and Hiroshi Okuda remains chairman.
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