Shoichiro Toyoda (豊田 章一郞, Toyoda Shōichirō, born February
17, 1925) is a retired Japanese business executive, who served as
Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation between 1992–1999 as well
as, chairman of the influential
Japan Business Federation
(日本経済団体連合会, Nippon Keidanren), beginning in May
1994 through May 1998. Under his supervision, he approved the
development of the Lexus brand and the Prius hybrid.
2 Professional Recognition
2.1 National honours (Japan)
2.2 Other national honours and decorations
3 Early life and education
3.1 Family tree
6 External links
Son to the company founder, in 1952, Toyoda joined his father's
Toyota Motors. In ten years, he had risen to the position
of managing director; and he was promoted to senior managing director
in 1967, to executive vice president in 1972, and president of the
Company's marketing organization in 1981.
The merger of the sales and production organizations in 1982 produced
Toyota Motor Corporation. Toyoda became the new entity's first
president. The disparate nature of the two distinct corporate cultures
required his attention, and the extent to which the "oil and water" of
Toyota groups were merged successfully was attributed in
large part to his leadership. He served as chairman from 1992 to
1999; and he became honorary chairman in 1999.
Toyoda's leadership would be integral to the global introduction into
popular culture of the Lexux brand of luxury automobiles and
environmentally focused Prius engine electric hybrids.
1980 – Deming Prize, Japan.
1993 – International
Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering
2000 – FISITA Medal of the International Federation of Automotive
Society of Automotive Engineers
Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation's Manufacturing
Leadership Award, United States.
2007 – Induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame, Detroit, MI, USA
National honours (Japan)
1972 – Medal of Honor (Dark Blue Ribbon)
November 1984 – Medal of Honor (Blue Ribbon).
1984, 1985 – Medal of Honor (Dark Blue Ribbon).
April 1995 – Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure.
April 2002 – Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
November 2007 – Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia
Other national honours and decorations
May 1986 – Grand Cross of the Order of Antonio Jose de Sucre of
September 1990 – Knight Commander of the Order of the Crown of
April 1991 – Commander of the Order of Leopold of Belgium
December 1991 – Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit of
1993 – Economic Medal First Class of Taiwan
March 1995 – Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
September 1995 – Grand Cross of the Order of Francisco de Miranda,
Venezuela. (Commander: October 1988)
March 1996 – Ordem Nacional do Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil.
February 1998 – Order of Merit of the Republic of Turkey.
June 1999 – Companion of the
Order of Australia
Order of Australia (AC)
November 1999 – Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star for
Services to the Republic of Austria.
March 2000 – Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic,
May 2001 – Commander's Cross of the Bundesverdienstkreuz,
April 2004 – Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of
the Republic of Poland, Poland.
December 2004 – Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the
Direkgunabhorn, First Class, Thailand.
March 2005 – Grand Officer of the
Legion d'Honneur of France.
(Commander: April 1998 )
May 2005 – Grand Cross of the
Order of Merit of Portugal
Order of Merit of Portugal (GCM)
August 2005 – Grand Cross of the Order of Juan Mora Fernandez, Placa
de Plata of Costa Rica
September 2005 – Commander of the Order of the Equatorial Star of
October 2007 – Knight Grand Cross with the Grand Collar of the Order
of Merit of the Italian Republic. (Grand Officer: June 1998 )
April 2010 – Grand Collar of the
Order of Lakandula
Order of Lakandula of the
Early life and education
Grandson to the founder of Toyoda Automatic Loomworks, and son to the
Toyota Motors founder,
Shoichiro Toyoda was born in Nagoya on February
17, 1925, to
Kiichiro Toyoda and Hatako née Shinshichi Toyoda,
the daughter of the Takashimaya department store chain co-founder,
Iida Shinshichi. He attended the Tokyo First Middle School (Hibiya
High School) and First High School(Tokyo University), and graduated
from Nagoya Imperial University (Nagoya University) in 1947 with a
degree in Engineering BS. He would be awarded a PhD, by Tohoku
University, in 1955. At the height of the pacific theater of World War
II, the Toyoda family was effected on both family business and home
fronts. Shoichiro's education would be delayed by his own conscription
into civil service, and his father's business warrant to manufacture
trucks for the imperial Japanese Army, of which his family's firm was
spared destruction in the days before the Japanese government's
^ a b c d Toyota: Honorary
Chairman Archived 2009-06-04 at the Wayback
^ Basu, Shankar. (1999). Corporate Purpose: Why it Matters More Than
Strategy, p. 55.
^ "Imai officially tapped by Toyoda to head Keidanren,"
January 12, 1998 ;Keidanren: New Year's greeting, 1994.
^ a b c MCADCafé: "Dr.
Shoichiro Toyoda To Receive SAE Foundation's
2005 Manufacturing Leadership Award," PR Newswire. March 15, 2005.
^ Hino, Satoshi. (2006). Inside the Mind of Toyota, p. 24.
^ "List of Fellows".
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x
honours and decorations
^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour"
(pdf) (in German). p. 1300. Retrieved November 2012. Check
date values in: access-date= (help)
^ International Directory of Business Biographies: Shoichiro Toyoda
Basu, Shankar. (1999). Corporate Purpose: Why it Matters More Than
Strategy. London: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-8153-3374-6
Hino, Satoshi and Andrew Dillon. (2006). Inside the Mind of Toyota:
Management Principles for Enduring Growth. Productivity Press.
ISBN 978-1-56327-300-1; OCLC 62127859
Toyota Motor Corporation: official bio
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