It came as a huge surprise when Toyota’s number one man in America, Jim Press, left the company to take the position of as Vice Chairman and President at Chrysler. In August Deborah Wahl Meyer left her position at Lexus as marketing vice president to become Chrysler’s chief marketing officer.
Now another top Toyota executive has decided to leave, but this time it isn’t for Chrysler. Jim Farley, who was once vice president of marketing for the Toyota brand and most recently held the position of general manager at Lexus, has decided to take the position of vice president of marketing and communications at FoMoCo.
Farley, who is 45, joins Ford next month. Farley will report directly to CEO Alan Mulally. Farley was well known at Toyota for helping the company launch the Scion brand
Farley will end his 17 years with Toyota. Jim Press, who was President and CEO of Toyota in North America, ended his 37 year term with Toyota last month taking the spot of Tom LaSorda. Press will now be responsible for North American Sales, International Sales, Global Marketing, Product Strategy, and Service and Parts for Chrysler.
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