NEW YORK— Jim Olson, senior vice president of external affairs and public policy at Toyota Motor North America, will retire December 31 and become an advisor to the company.
Olson has been with Toyota more than 18 years, having spent 16 years in various public affairs positions at Ford Motor Company before joining Toyota. During his tenure, he helped form the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers as well as Automotive Retailing Today, a joint venture association involving major automakers and the National Automobile Dealers Association. He also was the first chairman of the Automotive Hall of Fame from a foreign-owned automaker.
Olson will be succeeded by Dennis Cuneo, senior vice president of corporate affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America.