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Former GM Executive Hogan to Advise Toyota

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On: Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Former GM Executive Hogan to Advise Toyota

Mark Hogan, former General Motors executive, has been retained by North American Toyota Motor Corporation as an advisor to the Japanese automaker.
At age 56 Mark Hogan, the former General Motors executive and Magna International president, aspired to be the head of a startup automotive venture.  After raising the capital required (from raising funds after his departure from Magna in 2007) Hogan was successful in his venture (which was an impressive undertaking as even in a good economy, procuring investors for an automotive start-up is a difficult endeavor).

"It's a startup company, and it is automotive, and I hope to stay here,'' he was quoted as saying when he embarked on the new venture.

Spokeswoman for Toyota, Mira Sleilati in New York, confirmed the plans for Hogan to step in as an advisor for Toyota, but she would not give any details regarding the specific position that Hogan is slotted to take. According to an email sent by Sleitalti to Automotive News, “No details have been determined.” Sleilati also stated, “as you know, the company has a history of working with outside experts for their perspective on the industry and other business areas.”

Hogan was with General Motors for 30 years; he held a management position in vehicle development and small-car planning. Hogan’s manufacturing experience extended into web commerce as well as development of foreign markets.

Hogan is now 59 and he currently manages Vehicle Production Group LLC, in Miami, Florida. The company markets and develops taxicabs that are wheelchair accessible and other “specialty vehicles.”

This is not the first time that Hogan has contracted with Toyota Motor Corp. In the late 80s, while the executive was still at General Motors, he served as a comptroller as well as a general manager at (Toyota and GM’s 50/50) alliance company; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. located in Fremont, California.

Hogan later returned to General Motors where he was promoted to VP of advanced vehicle development just before he joined Magna International Inc., which is one of the largest suppliers of auto components world-wide.

Another GM executive that Toyota relied on in the past was Steve St. Angelo, a retired General Motors exec. St Angelo also contributed to the NUMMI plant and is now chairman of Toyota’s Kentucky plant. Norm Bafunno, who is currently president of Toyota’s Indiana truck subsidiary, is a former GM manager as well.





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