Toyota veteran Hayakawa takes over Julie Hamp's former role full-time

The 28-year Toyota veteran was appointed to oversee global communications for the automaker on a permanent basis as of Monday.

Shigeru Hayakawa
Shigeru Hayakawa

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Company has named senior managing officer Shigeru Hayakawa as global managing officer and CCO on a permanent basis, replacing Julie Hamp.

Hayakawa, who began overseeing Hamp’s duties on an interim basis after she stepped down from her role last week, took on the position permanently as of Monday, according to a Toyota representative.

Hamp will be released from police custody in Japan, and authorities will likely not charge her with a crime, according to a Tuesday report from the Japanese Kyodo News service.

Hamp was arrested last month after customs agents found 57 tablets containing oxycodone, which is tightly regulated in Japan, in a package she allegedly sent to herself from the US. Hamp told authorities that she did not intend to break Japanese law

In March, Hamp was promoted to her most recent position from North America CCO, and she moved to Toyota’s global headquarters in Japan a month later. She was the first female senior executive to reach that level at the automaker.

Hayakawa has worked at Toyota since 1977, according to his bio on the company website. He has held various roles throughout the years, such as GM of the public affairs division, president of Toyota Motor North America, and deputy chief officer of the external affairs group.

In April 2013, Hayakawa was appointed to his most recent role of senior managing officer and chief officer of the external affairs and public affairs group, according to the site.

He also became a member of Toyota’s board of directors last month.

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