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TOYOTA ANNOUNCES KEY MANAGEMENT CHANGES

 TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Several key management and organizational changes were announced here today by Shinji Sakai, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS)- U.S.A. Inc.
 "Toyota's U.S. commitment greatly expanded during the 1980s," said Sakai. "Our business here is now quite large. Taken as a group, Toyota's U.S. subsidiaries represent an investment of more than $5 billion. They employ nearly 16,000 Americans. And last year they purchased $5.2 billion worth of parts, goods and services from 390 U.S. companies and exported vehicles and other goods worth more than $1.4 billion," he added. "These key promotions and organizational restructuring will enable TMS-USA to better deal with the size and complexity of Toyota's U.S. operations."
 John McGovern, formerly group vice president of Toyota Industrial Equipment (TIE), was promoted to senior vice president of Finance and Administration, succeeding Robert Best, who will be a group vice president and senior advisor. In addition, both Business and Product Law will be consolidated under vice president and general counsel Bill Plourde.
 A large number of moves were made in sales and operations as well. As previously announced, Al Wagner, formerly group vice president of the Toyota Division, was appointed group vice president of Dealer Relations for both Toyota and Lexus. He will be succeeded by J. Davis Illingworth, formerly group vice president of Lexus Division. Illingworth will be succeeded by newly promoted Group Vice President George Borst, formerly vice president of Strategic and Product Planning. Borst will be succeeded by new Vice President Bryan Bergsteinsson, formerly corporate personnel manager. Also promoted from vice president to group vice president were Richard Gallio, head of Parts and Service operations, and Jim Olson, head of External Affairs. All will report directly to Executive Vice President Yale Gieszl.
 In addition, Douglas West, formerly vice president and general counsel-Product Law, was named vice president of Export and Logistics Operations, replacing Group Vice President Hiroshi Imai, who was appointed president of Toyota Vehicle Processors Inc. (TVPI), which processes new vehicles and installs accessory equipment at three of Toyota's U.S. ports of entry, at an inland facility near Chicago and at NUMMI in California and TMM in Kentucky. TVPI, which employs about 900 hourly and salaried associates, will be spun off as a separate TMS subsidiary. John Turmell, formerly vice president of Sales Administration, will head TIE. All will report to Gieszl.
 John Matt, formerly general manager of the Toyota Division's Los Angeles sales region, was promoted to vice president of sales for Toyota Motor Distributors. Also, Robert Weldon, formerly general manager of Toyota's Cincinnati sales region, was named vice president of Marketing, succeeding Ren Rooney. In addition, Robert Maling, formerly general manager of the Toyota Division's New York region, was promoted to vice president of Sales Administration. All three will report to Illingworth.
 At the Lexus Division, Don Esmond, formerly corporate manager of sales and operations, was promoted to vice president with the same duties. He will report to Borst.
 Several regional and area sales appointments for the Toyota and Lexus divisions also were announced.
 In the Toyota Division, Rooney was appointed general manager of Toyota's Los Angeles sales region. Jim Byers, formerly general manager of the division's Kansas City region, was appointed to the same position in the Boston region, succeeding Jim Bottini, who has left the company. David Camden, formerly senior assistant general manager in the New York region, will succeed Byers in Kansas City. Barry Moore, formerly vice president of sales for Central Atlantic Toyota, will become general manager of Toyota's New York sales region. Mike Mahoney, formerly senior assistant general manager of Toyota's Los Angeles region, will become general manager of the division's Portland region. Allan DeCarr, formerly area manager of the Lexus Division's Western sales area, will become general manager of Toyota's Cincinnati sales region. All will report to Matt.
 At the Lexus Division, Bruce Ertmann, formerly assistant general manager of the eastern area, will become area manager of the central area. David Mayne will move from general manager of the eastern area to a position at Lexus Division headquarters to be announced later. He will be succeeded by Donald Stephenson, formerly general manager of the division's southern area, and James Melton, formerly area manager of the central area, will succeed Stephenson. Donald Miller, formerly general manager of the Toyota Division Portland region, will succeed DeCarr in the Lexus Division's Western area. All will report to Esmond.
 According to Gieszl all of these appointments are effective Jan. 16.
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 /CONTACT: Mindy Geller, 310-618-5204, or Jim Olson, 310-618-4701, both of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A./


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