UMW Toyota Motor announced today the appointment of Akio Takeyama as the its deputy chairman, replacing Datuk Takashi Hibi.
Takeyama’s appointment is expected to strengthen UMW Toyota Motor’s current business operation in Malaysia, which Toyota views as one of the most developed and sophisticated markets in Asia.
“To fit into Datuk Takashi Hibi’s shoes as deputy chairman who had gone through many challenges in UMW Toyota Motor’s development for the past eight years is indeed inspiring and challenging. I am anticipating interesting years ahead of me,” Takeyama said in a statement.
“I am confident that I will continue to steer the company for a stable long term achievements by focusing on three key fundamentals which are customer first where we always strive to give our customers the utmost priority, take quick and proactive response according to the rapidly changing competitive market and instill the spirit of change and challenge in order to prepare ourselves as we move forward to deliver quality products and services”.
With 30 years under his belt with Toyota Motor Corporation, Takeyama will be applying his vast experience to further enhance UMW Toyota Motor’s presence and contribution to the local automotive industry, economy and society.