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Lentz heads Toyota North American mfg operations


Mar. 4, 2015 – Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote various U.S. executives to posts in Japan.

Previously leading sales and marketing, Lentz will now head Toyota’s North American manufacturing operations come April 1. North American engineering and research operations also will report to him.

The automaker said the move will give Lentz control over manufacturing, engineering and styling as its works to revamp its image.

Akio Toyoda, company president, said in a statement that the changes and a diverse team of executives will help Toyota serve customers better around the world, and give Lentz a strong support base “as he continues to build upon the strong momentum he has achieved with dealers and customers in this key market.”

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— With files from The Associated Press