Toyota adds first non-Japanese member to board

Jim Press of Toyota North America appointed as senior managing director.

Toyota shareholders have approved the appointment of Jim Press, general manager of Toyota Motor North America, as a senior managing director to the company's board.

Press is the first non-Japanese person to ever be appointed to the automaker's board of directors.

The move was interpreted as a sign that the Japanese automaker wants to show the world that it's truly a global corporation.

The news comes amidst Toyota's release of May production and export results for its Toyota, Daihatsu and Hino brands .

The automaker hit its 18th consecutive month of growth in exports, which it attributed to an increase in exports to Europe and Asia, and also its 65th consecutive month of increased production of both cars and trucks worldwide.

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