Title: Group Vice President – Advanced Technology Research
Christopher K. Hostetter
Group Vice President – Advanced Technology Research
Toyota Motor North America
Chris Hostetter is group vice president of advanced technology research for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). He oversees new business applications for hydrogen fuel cell and alternative fuel technologies, and advises on future mobility projects.
Since beginning his career at Toyota in 1984, Hostetter has held positions throughout product and strategic planning. Previously he was group vice president, advanced product strategy and product planning responsible for overseeing all product planning and pricing for future Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles, and telematics. Most recently, he was GM of the Toyota Motor Americas-Japan (TMA-J) in Toyota City, Japan, supporting North American operations.
Before joining Toyota, Hostetter worked for Bechtel, Chevron Research, SRI International (formally called Stanford Research Institute) and Ford Motor Co. in advanced product planning.
Chris graduated with bachelor and master degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and he also earned a master degree in business administration from the University of Chicago in the new products laboratory. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Analysts, the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Marketing Association and the Futurist Society.