Mark Hogan, a former GM Executive, has passed away at 71 years old.
According to a report from Automotive News, Hogan died on April 16th. He was responsible for General Motors’ collaborating with Japanese-based automaker Toyota on the NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing Inc) manufacturing plant in San Francisco, California. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, and joined General Motors back in 1973. Hogan also oversaw GM’s Brazil operations for a period of time.
Following his stint at General Motors, Hogan was hired by then-CEO Akio Toyoda to work as one of Toyota’s first outside board members. Toyoda was attracted to Hogan by virtue of his straight-talk and probing questions, which earned the respect of Toyoda, who later sought out his expertise. As the first foreigner on the Japanese-based automaker’s board since 2017 – and the first outside director ever – the intent was to add diversity across the board and bring an American business mindset to the table. Another one of Hogan’s roles was to advise on Toyota’s Latin American business.
Hogan later retired from Toyota in 2018.
“It is with deep sadness that we learned our friend and former Toyota Motor Corporation Board Member, Mark T. Hogan, passed away,” Toyota said in a prepared statement. “Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed by all of us.”
Before the NUMMI collaboration, Hogan held a variety of management and executive positions with GM, along with several other companies, such as serving as President of Magna International, one of the auto industry’s biggest and most complex parts suppliers.
While serving as President of Magna International, Hogan worked to increase sales to Asian companies, likely serving to help make his transition to Toyota relatively seamless. In addition, he also brought Magna’s European full vehicle assembly concept to North America.