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Toyota Brings Back Communications Executive Years After Arrest

June 23, 2022, 9:42 AM

Toyota Motor Corp.is bringing back Julie Hamp, the former communications executive who resigned following a shock arrest in Japan seven years ago, as a special adviser to President Akio Toyoda.

Hamp rejoined as a senior media adviser for Toyota North America as of June 20, according to the company. She was the carmaker’s first female executive and one of its highest-ranking non-Japanese officers when police took her into custody in June 2015 on suspicion that she imported prescription pain medication that required prior approval.

The ordeal was a blow to Toyota’s efforts to make its male-dominated management ...