Jim Press

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Jim Press
James Elliot Press

October 4, 1946 Age 70
Pasadena, California, United States
Alma materPittsburg State University (1968)
OccupationPresident of McLarty International
Home townLos Angeles, California
ChildrenRobert Press, Jason Press, Christopher Press, Elizabeth Press, Nong Press, Guy Busamrong-Press

James E. Press is the former Deputy CEO of Chrysler Group LLC serving in that capacity from June to December 2009.[1] He also served as Senior Advisor to Chrysler Financial Company. During this assignment, he assisted Sergio Marchionne in the transition to Fiat. Press was heavily involved in maintaining company operations and product development during the bankruptcy period.[1]

Press has extensive experience within global internationally organized auto companies, having joined Toyota in 1970 and serving in most key executive positions before being named COO of Toyota Motor Sales, the consolidating company for all sales, finance, manufacturing, design and engineering activities of one of the largest auto companies in the world.

Previously, 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.[1]

Presently, Press is Executive Vice President of McLarty companies, prior position operating retail auto dealerships in the US, China, Brazil, and Mexico. He served as CEO of Yanjun Auto Group, a leading luxury auto dealership chain in China and he formerly resided in Beijing before moving back to Birmingham Michigan. Press was Senior Advisor to the Renault–Nissan Alliance, working closely with the CEO, Carlos Ghosn. Presently he is Senior Advisor to Hyundai Motor North America.

In 2007, Press told the Detroit News that diesels, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and diesel-hybrids are among the technologies "in the mix," and that every Chrysler vehicle will eventually have an alternative to the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine.

Press was born in Pasadena, California. In 2006 Press filed out a divorce and remarried. After being remarried to his new wife, Suwichada Busamrong from Thailand, Press and his wife live in Birmingham and have six children; Robert Press, Jason Press, Christopher Press, Elizabeth Press, Nong Press, and Guy Busamrong-Press [2]

Press is known to be an avid swimmer. He wears a single string on one wrist as a reminder that material wealth is not the most important thing.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Jim Press - Executive Profiles". Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ Carter, Marc (2007-10-02). "Chrysler Vows to Add a Hybrid or Alternative Fuel Option to Every Vehicle". The Torque Report. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  3. ^ Bailey, David. "Unpaid bills mount for top Chrysler executive - Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-26.