May 27, 2011
Hello everyone ! My name is Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota Motor Corporation. I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be with us today. I would like to give you a brief background of my education and profession. I earned a degree in law from Keio University in 1979 and a master's degree in business administration from Babson College in the United States, in 1982. I joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in 1984. In April 1988, I had an opportunity to serve as an executive vice president and board member at Toyota's production joint venture with General Motors in California, New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. In the beginning of 2000, I returned to Japan and took on the responsibility as Board Director. While serving for Toyota Motor Corporation, I also took an interest in the creation and supervision of gazzo.com, a website that contains dozens of virtual shops for consumer goods and services also provides information about new and used vehicles. During this time, I also supervised domestic marketing operations for the Americas and production management consulting. Between 2001 and 2008, I also had the opportunity to serve as chief officer and director in Asia and Middle East Operations. In 2009, I took the privilege to become the president of Toyota Motor Corporation. (Pressroom.toyota.com)
Abilities, traits, and experiences
As many of you have known, our company started with wooden Toyoda handloom in 1890 by our founder Mr. Sakichi Toyoda, who is also my grandfather. I think in many ways, my values, standards and integrity are inherited by my grandfather. I am grateful to be a part of the Toyota Motor Corporation itself and having the opportunity to carry on our company traditions. Having been exposed to different parts of the world, I have learned many different effective...