Toyota Appoints Jim Lentz To Run US Sales Operation

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Toyota's just promoted Jim Lentz to the job of president of the US sales arm of the super number one best automaker from the land of the rising sun. Prior to his appointment, Lentz had been executive vice president of Toyota Motor Sales USA. In addition to the Lentz appointment, Toyota also announced Dian Ogilvie, currently TMS senior vice president, general counsel and chief environmental officer, has been appointed senior vice president and secretary of Toyota Motor North America. Full press release after the jump.

Toyota Announces U.S. Executive Appointments 11/06/2007 Torrance, CA

November 6, 2007 - Torrance, CA - Toyota announced today the appointments of two executives to top leadership positions within its North American operations, effective immediately.

Jim Lentz, currently executive vice president of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, Inc., has been promoted to President. TMS is the sales, marketing, distribution and customer service arm for Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles in the United States.

"Jim Lentz is especially well qualified to lead TMS into the future as it marks 50 years in America," said TMS Chairman Yuki Funo. "His experience spans all major operational areas and he has an outstanding sense of what our customers, dealers and associates expect from Toyota."

A veteran of 29 years in the auto industry, Lentz joined Toyota in 1982, serving in a variety of positions including merchandising, distribution, field operations, and sales administration as well as vice president of marketing services for Central Atlantic Toyota, a Maryland-based private distributorship.

In 1995, Lentz was promoted to general manager for Toyota's San Francisco Region, and later became general manager of the Los Angeles Region. As vice president of Scion, Lentz was responsible for the initial launch of a new line of vehicles for the next generation of new-car buyers.

Lentz also served as group vice president of marketing, Toyota Division, and subsequently was named general manager of TMS' Toyota Division, where he oversaw all sales, logistics and marketing activities for Toyota, Scion and Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors. In June 2006 he was appointed to his most recent position as TMS executive vice president. Lentz also is a member of the TMS board of directors.

Dian Ogilvie, currently TMS senior vice president, general counsel and chief environmental officer, has been appointed senior vice president and secretary of Toyota Motor North America (TMA) in New York. She will report to TMA President Shigeru Hayakawa. TMA is the holding company for Toyota's U.S. sales and manufacturing companies. Ogilvie's new responsibilities will include administration, corporate communications, industry and government affairs, planning and research, environmental affairs and diversity.

Ogilvie joined Toyota in 1985 and has been responsible for all legal affairs for TMS, including internal audit, state government affairs, risk management and she has served as the company's chief environmental officer.

Prior to joining Toyota in 1985, Ogilvie worked as an attorney handling corporate litigation at the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William Matthew Bryne Jr.

Currently a member of the American Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the General Counsel Roundtable, and the Sierra Club, Ogilvie was recognized as one of the 100 Leading Women in the Automotive Industry by Automotive News in 2000 and 2005.
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I quickly glanced at the photo and the headline and immediately thought to myself, "Toyota hired the football play-by-play guy from CBS?"

Oh....wait.... no, that's Jim NANTZ. []

Still a little wound up after Pats vs. Colts, I guess. Yeeesh.