Akio Toyoda

President, Member of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation | March 15, 2019

Event Details:

Location:  Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Time:  

7:15 a.m. Reception

8:00 a.m. Breakfast & Program

9:30 a.m. Adjournment

Thank you to our event sponsors: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; American International Automobile Dealers Association; Association of Global Automakers; Consumer Technology Association; Daimler AG; Hamilton Place Strategies; Invariant; King & Spalding; McLarty Associates; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; National Automobile Dealers Association; National Association of Manufacturers; National Geographic; TOYOTA; Van Ness Feldman LLP; WilmerHale


Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda has a passion for cars, and as a master driver, he personally tests every Toyota and Lexus vehicle before it goes on sale.

Perhaps more importantly, he believes in providing mobility for all.

As the grandson of Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda, Akio feels responsible for guiding the automaker into the next phase of its evolution. Toyota began in the 1920s as a loom company. Kiichiro’s vision turned it into one of the top automakers in the world. Now, almost 100 years later, Akio is transitioning the family business from a car company into a mobility company. By developing innovative technology, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence, Akio aims to help move people across the room, across the country and around the world.

The cars are still there, and they’re better than ever – like the Camry, Lexus LC and newly-revealed Supra. But Akio, who assumed the role of president in 2009, offers a wider, more expansive vision for what Toyota can mean to the world.

That vision, combined with the company’s success, helped rank him No. 29 on Forbes’ “Powerful People 2018” list after the company increased profits 33 percent and invested nearly $3 billion into research and development for autonomous driving and artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, Akio has reaffirmed the company’s commitment to America.  Since launching the Toyota brand in the U. S. in 1957, the company has invested over $26 billion in its operations. Toyota is also in the midst of a five-year commitment to invest an additional $10 billion to upgrade its 10 U.S. assembly plants, and is currently building a joint venture plant with Mazda in Huntsville, Alabama.

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