Filed under: Etc. , Hirings/Firings/Layoffs , Toyota Halfway down a press release announcing that Shigeki Terashi was named president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA) was this: Jim Lentz is named CEO of Toyota Motor Sales, effective April 1. Lentz is the first American to take that position in the company. TMA is the holding company under which all of Toyota’s North American operations are grouped. Terashi will fulfill two roles when his new appointment is official on April 1, the new one and his current one as president of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing, NA. Lentz will rise from his current position as COO. He became one of the prominent faces of Toyota during the company’s recent recall issues, publicly making the interview rounds and testifying before Congress to address the situation. Follow the jump for Toyota’s press release on the management shuffle. Continue reading Jim Lentz becomes first American CEO of Toyota Motor Sales Jim Lentz becomes first American CEO of Toyota Motor Sales originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:02:00 EST.