Mystery At Toyota's Top

An executive shuffle doesn't clear anything up

The news that Fujio Cho, 62, is replacing Hiroshi Okuda, 66, as president of giant Toyota Motor Corp. doesn't clear up the mystery of what's going on in the carmaker's boardroom. The changes are bewildering. Cho, currently executive vice-president, moves up in June, when Okuda assumes the chairman's job. He replaces Shoichiro Toyoda, 74, who in turn becomes honorary chairman. Meanwhile, Eiji Toy-oda, 85, patriarch of the founding family, is named "supreme adviser."

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