An American executive who left Toyota in 2015 after being detained on drug-related charges in Japan has rejoined the Japanese automaker.
Japan (AP) — An American executive who left Toyota in 2015 after being detained in Japan on suspicion of breaking drug laws has returned, the Japanese automaker announced on Thursday.
Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American operations have engaged Julie Hamp to assist CEO Akio Toyoda and counsel the business on global management, sustainability, governance, and international media relations.
After moving to Japan in 2015 to lead Toyota’s public relations, she was detained on suspicion of bringing in the tightly regulated prescription drug oxycodone.
Toyota claimed that because she was never charged, her return posed no issues.
Toyota responded to a question from The Associated Press by saying, “Toyota feels the incident in 2015 won’t affect her career going ahead.”
Prosecutors claim that in 2015, Hamp coordinated with her father to have 57 oxycodone pills airmailed from the United States to a hotel in Tokyo. They made the choice not to press charges.
Toyota representatives apologized for the arrest numerous times, but Toyoda said he felt he could have done more to assist Hamp. He also defended her in front of the public as a crucial part of the Toyota squad.
Hamp’s was the top automaker in Japan’s first high-profile female promotion. Since her 2012 hire, she has been in charge of marketing and communications for the Toyota, Lexus, and Scion brands in the United States. She has previously worked for General Motors Co. and PepsiCo Inc.
According to the manufacturer of the Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury vehicles, Hamp’s most recent task with Toyota includes working on the English edition of the company’s media, Toyota Times.
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