Toyota recently announced changes to its North American leadership, which are effective April 1. Included among the leadership changes is the appointment of Ferris State University alumna Julie Hamp, chief communications officer for Toyota’s North American Region, to managing officer and chief communications officer, Toyota Motor Corporation. She is the first woman named to these positions, globally.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Hamp will lead Toyota’s global communications efforts, with responsibility for public affairs and overseas external affairs. She will report to Shigeru Hayakawa, senior managing officer, TMC. A native of Queens, N.Y., Hamp holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ferris while her post-graduate studies include participation in the GM-Harvard Business School’s Executive Development Program with an emphasis on Asian studies.
The appointments reflect Toyota’s ongoing efforts to diversify its global leadership team and leverage talent from its biggest, most experienced market as it continues to evolve as a global, customer-focused company. Toyota is also further strengthening regional integration in North America so that it can respond more quickly and effectively to customer needs.
Akio Toyoda, president of TMC, said: “Bringing together an experienced and diverse team of executives with fresh perspectives, unique regional insights and a global mindset will help us better serve customers around the world. Our new appointments also put in place a broader base of support for North America CEO Jim Lentz as he continues to build upon the strong momentum he has achieved with dealers and customers in this key market.”
Hamp currently represents Toyota on the board of the Ad Council and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Arthur W. Page Society. Previously, she sat on the Board of Directors of the PepsiCo Foundation and Purchase College.