DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Toyota’s top executive in North America is retiring in April.
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, is stepping down after 38 years with the automaker. Lentz is best known as the face of Toyota, testifying before Congress in the company’s 2010 unintended acceleration crisis that led to the recall of millions of vehicles.READ MORE: 11-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Child Who Found Gun In Vehicle At Dallas Walmart, Police Say
He launched the Scion brand to appeal to younger buyers. Lentz also combined all of Toyota’s North American operations into one unit based in suburban Dallas.READ MORE: Tony Evans Jr., Lancaster Football Player And University Of Wyoming Recruit, Killed In Shooting At Dallas Hotel
Lentz will be replaced by Tetsuo “Ted” Ogawa, who is chief operating officer in North America.
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