Julie Hamp: Power List 2015

Former managing officer and CCO, Toyota Motor Corp.

The Power List 2015 was compiled before Julie Hamp resigned as Toyota's global communications leader on Wednesday morning after being arrested last month for allegedly violating Japanese drug laws.

2015 rank: 10
2014 rank: 25

By Tony Cervone, SVP, global communications, General Motors

Over the course of her career, Julie Hamp has raised the bar for her profession over and over again.

She continues to set new heights and break down barriers, now as managing officer and CCO for Toyota Motor Corp. Yes, that’s right, Toyota globally. At its main headquarters in Japan.

She is not only the first female in that job, and the first American, but she is also the first person in that seat with a truly global background. While I don’t want to diminish the first two – they are real and to be rightly proud of – it’s the latter that will drive her continued success.

Anyone who knows Julie understands she measures herself on the ability to succeed into the future, not celebrating milestones. Her career has taken her across the globe, and to different industries, but predominantly automotive.

She leads people, driving for new levels of performance, but letting them do their jobs and continue to learn. Julie finds talented people, then nurtures them, and grows with them. She understands the role of solid counsel, but in a way that isn’t offensive or threatening to senior leaders.

Julie understands the need for consistency, but allows it to be expressed naturally and authentically, with special sensitivity to cultural nuances. She understands discipline, but doesn’t drive bureaucracy. In short, Julie provides a great balance. And she fully deserves to be "the first" in so many ways.


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