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Tatsuro Ueda, Toyota¡¯s CEO for China and Asia, has been named China president
Toyota shuffles China management team
Automotive News China | 2018/12/4

Toyota Motor Corp. has retooled its management team in China as part of broad changes to the Japanese automaker¡¯s global operations.

On Friday, Toyota reorganized its executive lineup to inject flexibility and faster decision making as the company transitions from traditional automaker to new mobility provider.

The changes aim to drive local autonomy and create a flatter, more diverse workforce as Toyota confronts the challenges of a rapidly changing automotive industry, CEO Akio Toyoda said in a news release Friday.

Tatsuro Ueda, Toyota¡¯s CEO for China and Asia, has been named China president, Toyota¡¯s China office said.

In addition, Satoshi Maekawa has been appointed general manager for China while continuing as department head for China at Toyota¡¯s headquarters. 

Kazuhiro Kobayashi will resign from his dual role as Toyota¡¯s China president and general manager. 

The changes will be effective Jan. 1, according to Toyota¡¯s China office. 

Despite the downturn of the local auto market, Toyota expects its sales in China to grow 8.5 percent to top 1.4 million vehicles in 2018 on demand for new sedans and crossovers based on its new global vehicle architecture, Kobayashi said last month at the Guangzhou auto show. 

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