TORRANCE, CA—Toyota Motor Sales USA has made several changes to its corporate communications division., designed to consolidate public relations responsibilities for the Toyota Division and extend Lexus’ visibility to affluent consumers.
John Hanson has been named national manager of Toyota division communications, with responsibility for Toyota-brand product news, marketing communications, environmental and advanced technologies and Scion. Hanson was formerly national manager, product news.
Julie Alfonso will assume new duties as manager of Lexus division communications with responsibility for all media relations and product public relations for the Lexus division. Alfonso was previously Toyota product news manager.
Hanson and Alfonso report to Mike Michels, corporate manager, external communications.
Nancy Hubbell will join the Lexus communications department as Lexus prestige communications manager, a new position responsible for affluent-lifestyle initiatives and Lexus philanthropy. Hubbell was formerly national manager, strategic communications. Bill Ussery is appointed Toyota marketing public relations manager, reporting to Hanson. Ussery previously served as Lexus public relations manager.
Ming-Jou Chen, is appointed Toyota product communications supervisor, reporting to Hanson. Allison Takahashi is named Scion public relations administrator, reporting to Chen.