Toyota’s Top Female Executive Resigns

Toyota’s global public relations director has resigned.

Julie Hamp was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly importing prescription drugs into Japan. She currently remains incarcerated in the country, where the law allows a suspect to be detained for up to 23 days without charges. The Japanese automaker has released a statement concerning Hamp, saying that it has “accepted her resignation after considering the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders.”

According to reports, Hamp was arrested on June 18 for importing oxycodin into Japan, where there are extremely strict anti-drug laws. She allegedly placed the drugs inside a jewelry box and shipped it to herself from the U.S.

Although she has not been formally charged, there is a possibility that if she is prosecuted and found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in jail.

Hamp joined Toyota in 2012 when she was named chief communications officer for North America after holding senior positions at PepsiCo and General Motors.

“I am looking forward to joining the talented communications team at Toyota, a company known for high quality products, best-in-class manufacturing and innovation,” said Hamp at the time of her hiring. “Toyota has a significant presence in North America, employing more than 37,000 people and operating 14 manufacturing plants in the region; and I am excited to take on this role to help contribute to the success of this great company.”

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