Jim Press, Strategic Advisor to The Presidio Group, has more than five decades of automotive industry experience including serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota North America and the first non-Japanese Board member of Toyota Motor Corporation. He was also Co-President and Vice Chairman of Chrysler Group LLC and served as an advisor to Cerberus Capital. Jim began his automotive career at a family owned Chevrolet Dealership and credits his dealer centric philosophy for his career success.
He currently is the Executive Advisor to Hyundai Motor North America and Work Truck Solutions, a dealer services provider. Jim also serves on numerous advisory boards and is a regular contributor to CNN, CNBC, Fox, and Bloomberg. He was an Automotive Hall of Fame Industry Executive of the Year, advisor to the NASA FAA AGATE project. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and is an avid Masters swimmer.