Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation Gives a Special Lecture
November 2, 2016
On October 25, Didier Leroy, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Corporation gave a special lecture titled “The Power of Leadership, Passion and Fighting Spirit: The Toyota Challenge” at the West School Building Hall on Mita Campus. The lecture was part of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association's (JAMA) University Campus Visiting Lecture Series 2016, and it was incorporated into the curriculum of the Faculty of Business and Commerce's specialized international education program, the Global Passport Program.
Mr. Leroy talked about his experiences in Europe during the times that shaped the direction of his career, how he focused his attention on managing an organization when he became a manager, and what his life has been like since becoming Toyota's first non-Japanese executive vice president. Furthermore, he sent the students a strong message about the importance of exhibiting leadership while continuously facing challenges with zeal.
During the Q&A session, Mr. Leroy gave thorough answers to questions from the audience, such as those related to brand strategy.
A Lexus LFA sports car and a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle were on display outside the West School Building on the day. Many students were seen taking pictures of and enjoying sitting inside the state-of-the-art vehicles.
President Seike also attended this event, which was cohosted by JAMA and the Faculty of Business and Commerce, and gave an opening speech.