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News Summary: Former GM exec joins Toyota board

The Associated Press

CHANGING LANES: Former GM executive Mark Hogan sees his appointment to the Toyota board as a sign of change at the Japanese automaker and hopes he'll play a role in the company becoming more responsive.

NEW ROAD: His arrival underlines efforts at Toyota to become more transparent and nimble in regional markets, as it recovers from recent difficult years including a massive recall fiasco in the U.S.

SHIFTING GEARS: Like other conservative Japanese companies, Toyota was more of a closed shop than its Western counterparts, and had not been open to the idea of board members from outside the company.