Yoshimi Inaba

Yoshimi Inaba
Executive Chairman
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Executive Advisor
Toyota Motor Corporation

Yoshi Inaba is executive chairman of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., Toyota’s U.S. sales, marketing, distribution and customer service arm in Torrance, Calif.  He also serves as an executive advisor of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), TMS’s parent company in Japan.

In these roles, Inaba oversees Toyota’s sales, marketing and external affairs operations in the United States.

Inaba joined TMC in 1968, immediately after graduating from Japan’s Kyoto University. His first overseas assignment was in 1985 at Toyota's German sales company, where he worked for three years. After returning to TMC in Japan, he spent five years at the Europe Division. He then moved to TMS in 1993, becoming senior vice president in 1996, responsible for sales and marketing for the Toyota and Lexus divisions.

Inaba returned to Japan in 1997 and was named to TMC’s Board of Directors where he oversaw European and African operations. In 1999, Inaba moved back to the United States to become president of TMS, and in June 2003, he was made a senior managing director at TMC. In June 2005, he became an executive vice president, focusing on Toyota’s Chinese operations.

In June 2007, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd., and a senior advisor to the board of TMC. In June 2009, Inaba returned to the United States as chairman of TMS.  He became executive chairman of TMS in April 2013.

Inaba was born on February 24, 1946. He graduated from Kyoto University with a degree in economics. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in June 1976.