Katsuaki Watanabe (渡辺 捷昭, Watanabe Katsuaki, born February 13,
1943) is senior advisor at
Toyota Motor Corporation. He was president
CEO of the company before
Akio Toyoda assumed those positions on
June 23, 2009.
Watanabe, who earned a degree in economics from Tokyo's Keio
Toyota upon graduating from that university in
1964. He has gained experience in a broad range of activities at
Toyota, primarily in corporate planning and administrative affairs.
Watanabe became the general manager of the secretarial division in
1988 and moved to the Corporate Planning division as general manager
In his work as general manager of the Corporate Planning division,
Watanabe participated in charting and articulating a common, long-term
Toyota operations around the world. Named to the Board of
Directors in 1992, he continued to supervise work in production
control, including supervising Toyota's Motomachi Plant, which makes
passenger cars. In 1999, Watanabe was appointed senior managing
director, after which he assumed the position of executive
vice-president in 2001. In June 2005 he became president and
TMC, succeeding Fujio Cho.
Watanabe is regarded as having made the key decision to build a
manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas U.S.A to build full-size
Watanabe was born in 1942 in Mie Prefecture, Japan, and now lives in
Toyota City. He was married and has three daughters. An amateur
musician, he sings in a men's choir, and he also likes to play golf
He was listed as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people of
2005 and again in 2007.
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