Former General Motors executive Mark Hogan has been retained as an adviser to Toyota Motor Corp. in North America.
Toyota spokeswoman Mira Sleilati in New York confirmed the relationship, but declined to say what role Hogan will take. Rumors of Hogan's move to Toyota first emerged last month.
In 30 years of management with GM, Hogan had experience in manufacturing, vehicle development, small-car planning, Web commerce and foreign market development.
“No details have been determined,” Sleilati said in an e-mail to Automotive News. “As you know, the company has a history of working with outside experts for their perspective on the industry and other business areas.”
Hogan, 59, currently is listed as CEO of Vehicle Production Group LLC, a Miami company that develops and markets wheelchair-accessible taxis and other specialty vehicles.
It will not be the first work Hogan has done at Toyota. As a GM manager in the late 1980s, Hogan was dispatched to serve as comptroller and manager of general affairs at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., GM’s 50-50 alliance with Toyota in Fremont, Calif.
He later returned to GM, where he rose to group vice president for Advanced Vehicle Development, President of GM do Brazil, President of e-GM, and general manager of the GM small car group.
He later became worldwide president of Magna International Inc., one of the industry’s largest component suppliers.
Toyota has relied on other GM managers in key spots in recent years. Steve St. Angelo, a retired GM executive who also served at NUMMI, is now chairman of Toyota’s Kentucky automaking unit and chief quality officer for North America. Norm Bafunno, president of Toyota’s Indiana truck subsidiary, also is a former GM manager.