NEW YORK—Steve Sturm, group vice president, corporate communications, strategic planning and research at Toyota Motor North America, has announced his intent to retire. Jim Wiseman, currently vice president of external affairs at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, has been promoted to group vice president of corporate communications at TMA.
Wisemam will be responsible for corporate communications, corporate advertising and investor relations. He will report to Dian Ogilvie, senior vice president of TMA.
He joined Toyota in 1989 and managed the statewide public affairs program for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, located in Georgetown. In 1996, he led Toyota's public affairs department when its North American manufacturing headquarters was established in Erlanger, Kentucky. I
Sturm started his career with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. as parts sales development manager in April 1981 and held a number of management positions within the TMS organization in areas including product development and distribution. In 1989 he joined the Lexus Division where he spent 10 years in a variety of roles including sales, production planning, distribution and marketing. In January 2007, he was promoted to his current position.