Akio Toyoda is the CEO & President of Toyota Motor Corporation. He is the grandson of the great Kiichiro Toyoda, the man behind the foundation of Toyota Motor.
He has proved his worth as an able President by leading his company to peak through severe bouts of crisis like international recession, recalls & notorious 2011 tsunami.
He joined Toyota Motor Corporation in the year 1984 as a TMC employee. He was posted in each phase of the company’s operations such as marketing, production, product development, both nationally & internationally. Beyond Japan, he served as board member & vice president at the company’s joint collaboration with GM (General Motors) in 1998.
In 2000, he got back to his own country & was selected in TMC Directorial Board. He took up the creation & supervision of online shopping guide gazoo.com that even provide information on used 7 new vehicles.In the meantime, he supervised the domestic marketing campaigns, Toyota’s operations in the US & production management. The next year, he was appointed as the Chief Officer of Asia and Sino operations center & in 2002, he was elevated to the designation of M.D.
In 2003, he became the senior M.D. & after 2 years, he attained the designation of Chief Officer for China Operations & Asia, Oceania and Middle East Operations.That year only, he became the executive vice president & representative director with the responsibility to look after IT and ITS, product management, quality, purchasing, Nippon & overseas sales as well as overseas operations.In 2009, he was appointed as the president of Toyota Motor.Today Toyota is the largest automobile company in the world in terms of sales.
Though Akio Toyoda has donned several prestigious positions in Toyota Motor yet the most crucial highlight of his career is surely his appointment as the President of Toyota- in the year 2009.
He was acknowledged with the honor of “Autocar’s Man of the year” in the year 2012.