September 7, 2007

Chrysler names former Toyota chief as Vice Chairman and President

James Press
James Press. Click image to enlarge

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler LLC Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli have announced that James Press has been named a company Vice Chairman and President. Press, who was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motors North America, and a director of the parent Toyota company, will now be responsible for Chrysler’s North American and international sales, global marketing, product strategy, and service and parts.

Press joins Tom LaSorda, also a Vice Chairman and President; LaSorda’s duties will continue to include manufacturing, procurement and supply, employee relations, and global business development and alliances. Press will report to Nardelli; he will also become a member of the Chrysler LLC Board of Directors, and the Board of Managers of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company.

Press spent 37 years with Toyota, where he most recently served as the first non-Japanese president of Toyota Motor North America, responsible for sales, engineering and the company’s fifteen manufacturing plants in North America. He was also the first non-Japanese executive to serve on the Board of Directors at Toyota Motor Corporation.

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