Ex-Toyota exec Julie Hamp working as adviser to PR firm

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Former Toyota communications executive Julie Hamp began working with public relations firm Finsbury in February last year.

Julie Hamp, who resigned as a top Toyota Motor Corp. communications executive nearly two years ago following an arrest for suspected violations Japan’s drug laws, is now working with global public relations firm Finsbury.

The 57-year-old PR veteran, who was never charged in the Japan case, became a consultant for Finsbury last year, the firm said.

“Julie is one of several senior advisers at Finsbury who periodically provide counsel to the firm,” Finsbury partner Ed Adler said in a statement to Automotive News. “We value the experience she brings from driving strategic corporate reputation efforts for several of the world’s leading companies. She also has built and managed global teams — a skill set that is increasingly important to Finsbury as we have become a global firm.”

Finsbury is a subsidiary of British media conglomerate WPP.

It’s unclear how much consultant work Hamp has done since leaving Toyota. According to her LinkedIn profile, she has been president of JAJH Consulting Services since January 2016. She could not be reached for comment.

On June 18, 2015, Hamp was arrested at a Tokyo hotel after police said Oxycodone painkillers were sent via international mail from the U.S. to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. The package — from Hamp to herself — was mailed June 8 from the U.S. and intercepted by customs agents at the airport, police said at the time.

Hamp was released from custody three weeks after the arrest without being charged or prosecuted. By then she had resigned from the company. Hamp maintained she never intended to break any laws.

The resignation came despite public expressions of support from Toyota, including President Akio Toyoda. Toyota said it had accepted Hamp’s resignation after “considering the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders.”

Japan has strict drug enforcement laws that often are at odds with those of the U.S. It is illegal to bring in even over-the-counter drugs common in the U.S., including cold and allergy medicines.

Police raided Toyota’s headquarters in Toyota City in central Japan and its offices in Tokyo and Nagoya five days after her arrest.

The arrest and resignation came less than three months after Hamp was named Toyota’s chief communications officer in April 2015. She was the Japanese carmaker’s first female senior executive.

Prior to joining Toyota in 2012, Hamp spent five years at PepsiCo and, before that, 25 years at General Motors.

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