The automotive industry is surrounded by changes of unprecedented speed and scale due to the advance of technology and entry by entities from other industries, while the roles that automobiles are being asked to fulfill (as part of social infrastructure) and even the rules of competition, among others, are undergoing radical transformation. Toyota itself is also applying technologies in the domains of electrification, connectivity, and automated driving in an effort to fundamentally transition from being solely a manufacturer of automobiles into a company that provides mobility services, as demonstrated, for example, by its recently unveiled e-Palette Concept, a new-mobility concept vehicle that has the versatility to provide multiple services, such as parcel delivery, ride sharing, or on-the-road e-commerce.
Against such a backdrop, to further strengthen cooperation among companies of the Toyota Group and to boost business innovation, TMC changed its executive lineup and revised its organizational structure in January this year. TMC has been making changes to its executive lineup, as needed, following the changes made in April last year, and decided to advance the traditional timing of major executive changes from April to January this year.
Now, TMC has decided to renew its structure further by changing the lineup of its board of directors and that of its audit & supervisory board, by including more people from both inside and outside the company with a high level of expertise, based on the principle of appointing the right people to the right positions, transcending practices of the past.
“Having speed and being open are key to survival in this era of profound transformation. By appointing people with like minds but with a wide range of professional backgrounds, based on the principle of having the right people in the right place, whether they come from within the company or not, we can discuss things with an open mind and go beyond past ways of doing things to speedily implement bold new ideas. That is what we are aiming for with the structural change”, said President Akio Toyoda. “As an outside board member, we welcome Sir Philip Craven, the former president of the International Paralympic Committee. Nowadays, we repeatedly hear about the problems that limit mobility in today’s society. Through his experience, Sir Philip has highlighted the importance of mobility in promoting participation in society for people with impairments. More generally, when someone wants to take up a challenge, Toyota doesn’t want mobility to be an obstacle, but rather an opportunity for people to achieve their dreams. To realize ‘One World, One Dream, One People’ put forward by Sir Philip, I want all of us to come together to continue taking up bold challenges”.
The changes announced today are outlined below.
The formal appointment of board members and audit and supervisory board members will be made pending approval at the 114th General Shareholders Meeting. The formal assignment of board members with specific titles, and the appointment of board members with the legal status to represent TMC (representative directors), will be made at the board of directors meeting following the 114th General Shareholders Meeting. The resignation of board members leaving their current posts will become official on the day of the 114th General Shareholders Meeting.
- Changes to board members
|Shigeru Hayakawa||Vice chairman of the board of directors||Vice chairman of the board of directors (representative director)|
- New Members of the Board of Directors
|Koji Kobayashi||Executive Vice President||Member of the board of directors (representative director) *1|
|*2 Ikuro Sugawara||Former Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry||Member of the board of directors|
|*2 Philip Craven||Former president of the International Paralympic Committee||Member of the board of directors|
|*2 Teiko Kudo||Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation||Member of the board of directors|
*1Concurrent operating officer (executive vice president)
*2Outside board member
- Members of the Board of Directors Resigning Posts
|Osamu Nagata||Member of the board of directors|
|Ikuo Uno||Member of the board of directors|
|Haruhiko Kato||Member of the board of directors|
|Mark T. Hogan||Member of the board of directors|
- New Audit and Supervisory Board Members
|Masahide Yasuda||Former chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited|
- Audit and Supervisory Board Members Resigning Posts
|Masaki Nakatsugawa||Audit and supervisory board member (full time)|
|Teisuke Kitayama||Audit and supervisory board member|
- Members of the Board of Directors
|Takeshi Uchiyamada||Chairman of the board of directors (representative director)|
|Shigeru Hayakawa||Vice chairman of the board of directors (representative director)|
|Akio Toyoda||President, member of the board of directors (representative director) *1|
|♦Koji Kobayashi||Member of the board of directors (representative director) *2|
|Didier Leroy||Member of the board of directors *2|
|Shigeki Terashi||Member of the board of directors *2|
|♦Ikuro Sugawara||Member of the board of directors *3|
|♦Philip Craven||Member of the board of directors *3|
|♦Teiko Kudo||Member of the board of directors *3|
*1Concurrent operating officer (president)
*2Concurrent operating officer (executive vice president)
*3Outside board member
- Audit and Supervisory Board Members
|♦Masahide Yasuda||Audit and supervisory board member (full time)|
|Masahiro Kato||Audit and supervisory board member (full time)|
|Yoshiyuki Kagawa||Audit and supervisory board member (full time)|
|Yoko Wake||Audit and supervisory board member|
|Hiroshi Ozu||Audit and supervisory board member|
|♦Nobuyuki Hirano||Audit and supervisory board member|