Mark Graban's - Lean Healthcare, Lean Hospitals, Healthcare Kaizen, Lean Thinking, Lean Manufacturing, Toyota Production System

Updated: Press leaving Toyota for Chrysler

2 report

This is surprising — Toyota's top U.S. executive, Jim Press, who had been the first American named as a Toyota corporate director, is leaving to take a top sales and marketing job at Chrysler.

Does this mean Tom LaSorda's days are numbered, as the Autoblog speculates? Or, do they have a perfect pairing of a supply chain wiz (Tom) and a demand side wiz (Jim), as the WSJ article suggested?

How will Press shift from working for Toyota leadership to working for Bob Nardelli and his GE style?

More news stories, courtesy of Google
. Does anyone have some thoughts on this?

UPDATED: More familiar bloggers chiming in:

Please check out my main blog page at

The RSS feed content you are reading is copyrighted by the author, Mark Graban.

, , , on the author's copyright.

Please post a comment and join the discussion. Subscribe to get notified about posts daily or weekly.

Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  1. Mike T says

    I was amazed when this came out yesterday. Will Press take his Toyota philosophy with him and turn Chrysler around, or will he be beaten down by the GE philosophy and regret switching companies.

    Having worked for (and currently working with) GE or GE-trained leadership, I can comfortably say GE has no understanding of Lean, as one of two main Lean principles is Respect for People (they don’t understand that.) Press will be hard-pressed (no pun intended) to change that culture. As many of us have noted, culture is the aspect of Lean that so many companies fail miserably with.

    The article I read yesterday had an interesting twist, what will be the impact to Toyota? Press gave an American face to a company trying to break in to a uniquely American business – the full-sized Truck market. Toyota has already announced that a Japanese manager will take over. How will that impact the “Cowboy” market they are trying to dive into?

  2. […] It will be interesting to see who will contribute more for Lean in the auto world, Convis, Jim Press (at Chrysler) or Alan Mulally (at […]

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.