Kiichiro Toyoda

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Kiichiro Toyoda
Kiichiro Toyoda.jpg
Born June 11, 1894
Japan
Died March 27, 1952 (aged 57)
Japan
Occupation Founder, Toyota Motor Corporation

Kiichiro Toyoda (豊田 喜一郎 Toyoda Kiichirō?, June 11, 1894 – March 27, 1952) was a Japanese entrepreneur and the son of Toyoda Loom Works founder Sakichi Toyoda. His decision to take Toyoda Loom Works into automobile manufacturing would create what would eventually become Toyota Motor Corporation, the world's largest automobile manufacturer.

Family tree[edit]

The descendants of Sakichi Toyoda who established Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, have long dominated the upper management of Toyota Motors, which was incorporated in 1937.

Kiichiro Toyoda, who would become the president of Toyota between 1941 and 1950;[1] His son, Shoichiro Toyoda, was born in Nagoya on February 17, 1925.[2]

In due course, Shoichiro Toyoda became president of the company between 1982 and 1992. His 56-year-old son, Akio Toyoda, was the chief contender for the office of president when Katsuaki Watanabe relinquished that post to become Chairman,[3] and the expectation was confirmed in 2009.[4]


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sasuke
 
Heikichi
 
 
 
Asako
 
Sakichi
 
Tami
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eiji
 
Rizaburo
 
Aiko
 
Kiichiro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shuei
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tatsuro
 
Shoichiro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Akio

Career[edit]

Kiichiro Toyoda made the decision for Toyoda Loom Works to branch into automobiles, considered a risky business at the time. Shortly before Sakichi Toyoda died, he encouraged his son to follow his dream and pursue automobile manufacturing — Kiichiro created what eventually became Toyota Motor Corporation.

He resigned from the company in 1950 due to flagging sales and profitability, passing away two years later. In 1957, his cousin and confidant Eiji Toyoda, became head of Toyota Motor Corporation, overseeing its successful expansion worldwide and the launch of Japan's most prominent luxury vehicle brand, Lexus.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shirouzu, Norihiko. "Toyota Family Member Vies for the Top Job," Wall Street Journal. December 24, 2008.
  2. ^ International Directory of Business Biographies: Shoichiro Toyoda
  3. ^ Shirouzu, Norihiko and John Murphy. "Toyota to Change Leader Amid Global Sales Slump." Wall Street Journal. December 24, 2008.
  4. ^ Kubo, Nobuhiro and Chang-Ran Kim. "Toyota confirms Akio Toyoda as New President," Reuters. June 23, 2009.
Business positions
Preceded by
Risaburo Toyoda
CEO of Toyota
1941–1950
Succeeded by
Taizo Ishida