Group Vice President - Strategic Planning
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Chris Hostetter is group vice president of strategic planning for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. He oversees strategic research, advanced product strategy, environmental vehicle strategy, Toyota’s global knowledge center, North America business strategy, export, and new business incubator.
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.
Before joining Toyota, Hostetter worked for Bechtel, Chevron Research, SRI International (formally called Stanford Research Institute) and Ford Motor Co. in advanced product planning.
Hostetter graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and he also earned a master’s 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.