Renault-Nissan has confirmed this week that the Renault SA-Nissan Motor Co. alliance has hired Jim Press, formerly the vice chairman and president for Chrysler and president of Toyota North America, as a consultant for the French-Japanese duo's global sales and marketing. He was the first non-Japanese to get a board position at Toyota.
Press' latest role in the automotive industry was that of Chrysler CEO and has already been working for Renault-Nissan for the past four months, as an independent consultant in sales, marketing and distribution, alliance spokesman Simon Sproule said in Tokyo on Wednesday.
"He's visited with our dealers in the States, Europe and Japan and has already begun providing substantial input," Sproule revealed.
Jim Press, 63, worked 37 years for Toyota Motor Corp. before winning promotion to its board of directors in 2007, making headlines in Japan as the first non-Japanese to reach that post. He left the company three months later that year to join Chrysler, where he served as vice chairman and president. He was brought by the company's former CEO, Robert Nardelli, and was in charge with North American sales, international sales, global marketing, product strategy, and service and parts.
When Nardelli and LaSorda left the company, Jim Press was left behind as the man appointed to provide continuity and ensure the transition from the old to the new Chrysler.
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