In a shuffle affecting many layers of the higher ranks of Toyota, Jim Lentz was named CEO of Toyota Motor Sales. The move, which made Lentz the first American in the position, also named Shigeki Terashi as the president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. These moves will take effective April 1.

Lentz, currently the company’s COO, became a rising star during the recent recall issues during which he gave many interviews and testified before the furrowed, indignant brows of the U.S. Congress. Currently the president, Terashi is taking on the responsibilities of the COO position that Lentz is vacating.

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