TMC Announces Changes to Organizational Structure, Executive Structure, and Senior Professional/ Senior Management Employees

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced today that it intends to implement changes to its organizational structure, executive structure, and senior professional/senior management employees as described below effective October 1, 2023.

  • Aiming to realize a mobility society, TMC is moving to the software implementation phase to build a social system platform. Accordingly, it intends to revise the software development structure of the Toyota Group.
  • To drive mobility-centered intelligence initiatives, TMC intends to establish a new organization for the integrated promotion of software-related businesses and software development, replacing its hitherto in-house structure of dispersed functions.

TMC aims to realize a mobility society in which all people can move freely, happily, and comfortably by evolving the car to be more useful to society based on the essential values of the car that have been cultivated over the years, including safety, security, and being fun to drive. To this end, TMC is transforming itself into a mobility company based on the Toyota Mobility Concept.

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TMC has long promoted development in the field of connected services and technologies to connect people, vehicles, and society and create new value for cars. It established its in-house Connected Company in 2016 and has since built an infrastructure for connected services and technologies by expanding its business to include its implementation and the global rollout of connected cars.

Meanwhile, Woven by Toyota, Inc. (Woven by Toyota) realizes that software will be the driving force behind the transformation to high value-added mobility, including data services, energy, and integration with social systems. It is therefore endeavouring to enhance its software development capabilities through the development of autonomous driving and its software platform “Arene” to enhance its software development capacity, and to realize the Toyota Mobility Concept through the Woven City mobility test course.

Going forward, TMC intends to move to the phase of speeding up vehicle intelligence and software implementation to build a social system platform in which mobility becomes a part of the social system.

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To this end, the three companies of TMC, Woven by Toyota, and DENSO Corporation (DENSO), which excels in software implementation within the Toyota Group, aim to strengthen collaboration to enhance the value of mobility through a software-centered approach.

In line with this development, TMC will position software and hardware as its dual focus and replace its in-house structure of separated software-related functions with a “software first” organization.

Each company’s role and main items of implementation

CompanyTMCWoven by ToyotaDENSO
RoleTo drive mobility through intelligence initiativesTo drive the software transformation of the Toyota GroupTo be responsible for hardware
To drive software implementation as professionals
Main items of implementationPlanning and overall design of car user interactionSocial system planning, establishment of a foundation for software development, application development, etc.Implementation of a software platform and applications

Organizational changes effective October 1, 2023

A part of the Vehicle Development Center and a part of the Connected Company will be consolidated, and a new Software Development Center will be established.

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Connected Company → (terminated)

Changes in responsibilities of executives and senior professional/senior management employees and executives (senior general manager level and above) as a result of the above organizational changes effective October 1, 2023

The structure described below is to replace TMC’s structure of dispersed functions and is intended to enable integrated promotion of software-related businesses and software development and strengthen cooperation among the three companies concerned.

NameCurrentNew
Akihiro SaradaMid-size Vehicle Company (Chief Engineer)Software Development Center (President)
Toshihiro IzumiProduction Group
BR Battery Manufacturing
Preparation Dept. (General Manager)
Software Development Center (Executive Vice President)
Yoshifumi KatoDENSO Co.
Senior Executive Officer
Chief Technology Officer
DENSO Co.
Senior Executive Officer
Chief Technology Officer main role Software Development Center (Executive Vice President)concurrent
James KuffnerWoven by Toyota, Inc.
Member of the Board of Directors (Representative Director)Chief Executive Officer
Software Development Center (Senior Fellow)
 Koichi ShirozuVehicle Development Center
In charge of Software First (Chief Project Leader)
Software Development Center
In charge of electronic P/F (Chief Project Leader)
 Ken KoibuchiVehicle Development Center
In charge of advanced safety (Fellow)Connected Company
Connected Business Field (Senior General Manager)
Software Development Center
In charge of application development (Chief Project Leader)
 Takashi ImaiConnected Company
Connected Technology Field (Senior General Manager)
Software Development Center
In charge of Software P/F (Chief Project Leader)
 Kenichi MurataConnected Company
In charge of Software First (Fellow)
Software Development Center
In charge of BEV (STEP3) (Fellow)
 Keiji YamamotoSenior Fellow
Chief Information & Security Officer
Chief Product Integration Officer
Digital Transformation Promotion Dept.
Information Systems GroupConnected Company (President)
Senior Fellow
Chief Information & Security Officer
Digital Transformation Promotion Dept.
Information Systems Group
 Hideharu MatsuokaConnected Company (Executive Vice President)Information Systems Group
In charge of B to C systems (Chief Project Leader)

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