Last month, the normally acquisition-shy Toyota bought nearly half of GM’s 20 percent stake in Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., in part to bolster its ranks of researchers and engineers.
Now, some Toyota executives in fast-growing regions are coaxing former managers out of retirement. Less than a year after Ed Ohlin retired, the 21-year company veteran and former head of its Mexican sales operations is back on the payroll, helping his former boss Yoshimi Inaba build a sales network in China.
“He was looking for someone who understood the Toyota culture and had brought it to another country. I’d done that,” said Ohlin, who now works in Beijing
I like this. Toyota has greatly advanced management practice worldwide through their actions.
The executive pay crisis in America is a symptom of the failure of American management to understand their role. Executives are part of the system and have acted shamefully in allowing obscene pay for a few while claiming they must force others to suffer (due to “the market”). It seems more people are willing to point out the ludicrous excesses recently. Hopefully that will start to result in actual action to move back toward a more equitable distribution of the income of American companies.