Toyota taps ex-GM executive for board

Associated Press

TOKYO

Toyota has tapped a former executive at U.S. rival General Motors to join its board, the first time in the Japanese automaker’s 76-year history it is appointing directors from outside the company.

The appointment of Mark Hogan, effective April 1, underlines efforts at Toyota Motor Corp. to become more internationally minded, transparent and nimble in regional markets as it recovers from difficult years, including a massive recall fiasco in the U.S.

Besides Hogan, two Japanese, from the insurance and securities industries, were chosen as outside board members.

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