"James E. Press" is the former Deputy CEO of Chrysler Group LLC serving in that capacity from June to December 2009. He also served as Senior Advisor to Chrysler Financial Company. During this assignment, he assisted Sergio Marchionne in the transition to Fiat. Mr. Press was heavily involved in maintaining company operations and product development during the bankruptcy period.
Press was born in Pasadena, California being the younger brother of Larry Press. When he was six years old, he moved to Prairie Village, Kansas.
Previously, Mr. Press served as Co-President of Chrysler LLC, President of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and Daimler AG. He served as President of Sales & Marketing Operations of Chrysler LLC between September 2007 to June 2009. He served as Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corp. until September 14, 2007, and was the first non-Japanese member of Toyota’s board of directors.
Presently, Press is President of McLarty International operating retail auto dealerships globally, with operations in China, Brazil, and Mexico. He is CEO of Yanjun Auto, a leading luxury auto dealership chain in China and he formerly resided in Beijing before moving back to Birmingham Michigan.
He is also Senior Advisor to RNBV, the Renault and Nissan Alliance, working closely with the CEO, Carlos Ghosn.More Jim Press on Wikipedia.