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Departing Toyota VPs Steve Sturm, Dave Danzer, Irv Miller

According to Automotive News, three of Toyota's group vice presidents will be leaving the company in less than sixty days. Steve Sturm, 28 years with the company, oversaw strategic research and planning for the Americas as well as corporate communications. Dave Danzer is a 24-year veteran and headed strategic and product planning. Environmental and public affairs were headed by Irv Miller, who's been a Toyota associate for 29 years.

Long-tenured group VPs don't generally just get up and leave, especially not in unison, so we assume their departures are not a surprise inside the company. Still, we imagine it's a blow, and there's probably more than one Toyota higher-up singing, "You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille..."

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      WHEN DID TOYOTA HIRE ANDY SAMBERG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's the problem with hiring Westerners. No team spirit. They draw the line at committing harakiri.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They were probably told to go sweep the floor for dishonoring the company. When they refused, they were forced to retire. =D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clearly these guys look too young for retirement age. Doubt that they found employment elswere. Could it be the big shots in Japan are trying to pass the blame for all the recent quality issues on to the American side of the pond? But then........
      I thought Toyota's policy was once hired, never fired. Oh yeah. I forgot. Toyota Japan, union. Toyota USA, non union.
      You screw up in Japan and you get demoted. You screw up in the USA and you voluntarily resign at the point of a sword.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or you get bailed out by the taxpayer if you're a communist run company like GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. Apparently "saving face" and the appearance of "honor" are more important than standing behind your product. Pathetic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Two of the 3 are extremely talented. The other one is a complete douche.

        While I find it interesting that these guys are 'retiring' during one of Toyota's biggest crisis in decades, I suspect that they will find employment elsewhere.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. It is funny how everyone is retiring these days not resigning. Either these three were forced out or they didn't like the direction Toyota is headed in. Either way it is obvious that change is coming at Toyota. Obviously for these three their retirement will be brief. I expect at least one of them will turn up at GM or Chrysler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't let faulty ECUs hit you in the ass on the way out.



      http://everyroadtaken.wordpress.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they decide to leave or will they bear the brunt of this floor mat fiasco?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, part of being in a position of responsibility is taking the credit (good and bad). At the moment, we don't know the inner workings or the decision making or what role they had to play. So it'd be kinda silly to delegate blame or make a conclusion on scapegoating.

        Regardless it was poorly handled, the Audi 5000 "unintended acceleration" allegation should have been a lesson to them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry that should have been to the AMcA below.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @deleam

        Commenting system is the same as always: broken.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pedal-Gate?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Could lejerk be one who can dish it out but can't take it?
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude, he drives a Cadillaxative. What do you expect?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry Leclerc. Truth hurts, doesn't it? Perhaps it will be your job next?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota hasn't made a worthwhile car since 1996. Get rid of these guys and the rest of the dead weight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure Mr. Danzer will be greatly relieved to be able to ditch that rug now that he doesn't have to go to work every day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The facts are far less exciting. These retirements were supposed to happen 2 years ago, the guys were all asked to stay on for a while after the departure of Farley and Press. When you look at the depth of the staff the company has, there is no way for the earned promotions to come unless these guys leave. Just like in Japan unless you are being groomed for the top job you get a golden parachute sometime after your 55th birthday and move on..
      Too bad all you detroit based thinkers cant do basic japanese management history..
      I wish them the best and so should you. They had nothing to do with the recalls, shame on you...
      • 5 Years Ago
      retire or getting fired for the drop in the sales??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares they suck,anyway its a ton of snow outside today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny how toyota has had problems since being made in america. When it was only the japanese making toyota's they ran to a million miles. Now they have recalls galore. Yeah, if i were toyota I'd be pissed too and people's jobs would definitely be lost.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its not funny. Toyota could not reap profits and grow into the huge giant they are now without building plants here, particularly in southern non union states. They needed that edge to beat Detroit on its home turf. As the story goes, GM execs always prided themselves that once Toyota reached Gm's production numbers they would no longer be able to maintain their quality edge and people scoffed. But now...
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