Group Vice President and Coordinating Officer
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Iwao Kimura was appointed Group Vice President and Coordinating Officer at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA) in January 2008. Headquartered in New York, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Miami, TMA is the holding company for Toyota's North American sales, engineering and manufacturing operating units.
Immediately prior to his current assignment, he was Vice President at TMA in Washington D.C. from September 2006, responsible for external affairs.
Kimura began his career with Toyota in 1981. For 25 years he worked mostly on overseas operations and International PR & government relations, including overseas marketing planning, product planning, and business strategy. Some of his projects included Toyota & Lexus passenger car product planning for overseas markets; Philippines sales & marketing operations support, and North American new project planning at Toyota Motor Corporate Services of North America, Inc. in New York (1993 - 1996).
Starting in 1997 Kimura worked for Toyota's International Government & Industry Affairs, responsible for the Americas. In 2005 he assumed the position of General Manager of the Global Strategic Planning Department, responsible for global issues such as environment/greenhouse gas, energy management and development of global PR & government relations strategy.
Kimura was involved with the Japan Automobile Manufacturer's Association (JAMA) working group leading the Japan-Mexico FTA Agreement (2004).
Kimura graduated from University of Tokyo, where he studied Economics and Management.
He enjoys reading, golf and traveling.