SA man becomes first African to land a top job at Toyota international
Dr Johan van Zyl‚ chairman of Toyota South Africa Motors and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe‚ is being promoted from Managing Officer to Senior Managing Officer by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC)‚ the automotive manufacturer headquartered in Japan.
The appointment will be effective from April 2017.
He will become the first African to be appointed Senior Managing Officer by TMC‚ the company said in a statement on Friday.
Before entering the motoring industry‚ Van Zyl obtained a doctorate in commerce‚ and lectured at the University of Potchefstroom. He was awarded professorship and consulted to various businesses.
In 1993‚ he joined Toyota and was responsible for all sales activities as well as dealer network. A string of promotions followed. He was promoted into the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota South Africa Motors in 2002. In 2009‚ Dr van Zyl was appointed as Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and in 2013‚ he added Chief Executive Officer for Toyota in Africa to his responsibilities.
"His exceptional business acumen and knowledge of the industry have been strengthened over the years with travels to Japan‚ the United States and into Africa‚" the company said.