Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Toyota Motor Philippines Welcomes New President Atsuhiro Okamoto, Celebrates Achievements of Satoru Suzuki

By Arabelle Jimenez

Outgoing Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) President Satoru Suzuki (left), welcomes Atsuhiro Okamoto as TMP's new president on February 17, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Taguig City.

It was a heart-warming and grandiose Ceremonial Turnover of the Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) Presidency on February 17, 2020 at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Manila.

The well-attended ceremony was led by TMP Founding Chairman George S.K. Ty and Chairman Alfred V. Ty, who also welcomed very special guests, Tatsuji Hidaka Mitsui & Co., Ltd. General Manager, Yoshihiro Nakata Toyota Asia Region CEO, and Hon. Ramon Lopez Secretary Department of Trade and Industry. Also present at the event were TMP suppliers, dealers, and members of the Philippine motoring media.

Toyota Motor Philippines Chairman Alfred V. Ty.

"As I look back at my time as TMP president, I cannot deny the fact that my heart has grown fond of this country, which I already considered my second home. Aside from this, I find Filipinos to be among the most hospitable, resilient, and family-centric people I can think of. Such traits are truly admirable," said Satoru Suzuki, TMP Outgoing President.

TMP outgoing president Satoru Suzuki.

Suzuki continued, "It has been four solid years, and the business environment changed significantly in that short span of time. The Philippines is at an opportune time as a fast-growing economy, not just in Asia but globally. I am assured that TMP is capable and ready to seize new opportunities with its new President at the helm."

TMP's incoming president, Atsuhiro Okamoto, is now tasked to lead TMP in achieving more challenging feats, especially in steering TMP into becoming a Mobility Company, which will provide solutions for better quality of life for everyone.

TMP's new president Atsuhiro Okamoto.

"I started my first few weeks in the Philippines with unforgettable memories, “The Eruption of Taal Volcano”. This eruption has affected many Filipinos and even our plant operations," said Okamoto. "On the other hand, I have seen how strong Filipinos are, the great Filipino spirit of “Bayanihan” and resilience have been very evident and shown by everyone. I also saw how the Filipinos’ value of “Malasakit” is clearly manifested, as we express our concern to the company and to our fellowmen."

Okamoto adds, "So as TMP’s new president, I would like to reiterate in all TMP Team Members, Dealers and Suppliers, the importance of dedicating our work to contribute to society. We would like to continuously provide ever better cars, ever better mobility services and solutions to enhance the quality of life of Filipinos."

A historic moment for TMP. Mr. Suzuki and Mr. Okamoto on stage at the turnover ceremony.

TMP is now prepared to set the pace in the new and exciting future of mobility. TMP has truly achieved great milestones in the last three  decades, maintained a dynamic market in the ASEAN, and for years has become an undisputed market leader.

Honorable and distinguished guests on stage for the ceremonial toast were from left to right:

Hon. Bgen. Charito Plaza, Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General

Mr. Tatsuji Hidaka, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. 1st Motor Vehicles Division General Manager

Hon. Franklin Drilon, Senate Minority Leader

Mr. Atsuhiro Okamoto, Incoming TMP President

Mr. Yoshihiro Sawa, Toyota Daihatsu Engineering Manufacturing President

Mr. Yoshihiro Nakata, Toyota Asia Region CEO

Amb. Koji Haneda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan to the Philippines

Mr. Alfred V. Ty, TMP Chairman

Mr. Satoru Suzuki, Outgoing TMP President

Hon. Ramon Lopez, DTI Secretary

Hon. Salvador Panelo, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel & Presidential Spokesperson

Hon. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senator of the

Dr. David Go, TMP Vice Chairman

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