ERJ staff report (DS)
Osaka, Japan - Toyo Tire & Rubber has made a series of organisational reforms and management changes, effective
April 1, 2012. The changes largely affect the corporations planning operations. The individual planning operations for tyres and for overseas markets have been eliminated and replaced with an over-arching corporate planning office.
In addition, The global tyre business is divided into the following seven new Business Units: Japan,
North America, China, Asia & Oceania, Europe, Independent Distributors and Nitto. They
become part of the Tire Business Group Headquarters.
Toyo said, â€œThe planning function for each of the tyre and non-tyre businesses will be placed under the
direct command of each Business Group Headquarters so as to enhance and accelerate
their planning capabilities.â€
It added, â€œThe objectives behind establishing and vesting clear authority and responsibility in each of
the seven new Business Units is to enable more timely decision-making, and to ensure that
planning and implementation of strategy can be devised to suit local market conditions with
greater speed and effect.â€
The company listed a long list of new roles and job titles. Akira Nobuki becomes the general manager of the Tire Planning division. Mitsuru Hitotuyanagi is now in charge of all Overseas Tire Production Projects. Sadao Ichihara is the General Manager, in charge of Corporate Purchasing Division.
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Press release from Toyo (English language)