Economic Club of Chicago Luncheon

Economic Club of Chicago Luncheon

Grand Ballroom, McCormick Place at noon, Feb. 8

Bringing his years of Toyota and industry expertise to one of our country’s most prestigious business organizations will be Mr. Yoshimi Inaba, President & COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc.; Chairman & CEO, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; and Executive Advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation.

Mr. Inaba is also president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA), the holding company for Toyota’s North American sales, engineering and manufacturing operating units. He is responsible for Toyota’s U.S. sales, marketing, distribution and customer service arm in Torrance, Calif. He also serves as an executive advisor of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Toyota’s parent company in Japan.

Inaba joined TMC in 1968, immediately after graduating from Japan’s Kyoto University. His first overseas assignment was in 1985 at Toyota’s German sales company, where he worked for three years. After returning to TMC in Japan, he spent five years at the Europe Division, then moved to TMS in 1993, becoming senior vice president in 1996, responsible for sales and marketing for the Toyota and Lexus divisions.

Mr. Inaba returned to Japan in 1997 and was named to TMC’s Board of Directors (with managing director status) where he oversaw European and African operations. In 1999, he moved back to the States to become president of TMS, and in June 2003, was made a senior managing director at TMC. In June 2005, he became an executive vice president, focusing on Toyota’s Chinese operations.

In June 2007, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd., and a senior advisor to the board of TMC. In June 2009, Mr. Inaba returned to TMC in his current capacity.

Inhaba was graduated from Kyoto University with a degree in economics. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business in June 1976.

About the Chicago Auto Show: The Chicago Auto Show is the largest on the continent, spanning over one million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises nearly $2 million annually for 18 worthy Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2012 public show will be held from February 10 - February 19, 2012.  For more information, visit www.chicagoautoshow.com or www.facebook.com/chicagoautoshow.

About the Chicago Auto Trade Association: 

  • Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of approximately 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ approximately 19,000 people in the metropolitan area.
  • CATA dealerships contribute to the state, county and city tax base with gross receipts of approximately $12.5 billion per dealership in new- and used-cars, parts and service. The extended impact of tax base contribution through CATA dealership employees make this group one of the largest and most influential tax constituencies in the city and state.
  • The CATA's mission is to promote and maintain honesty and dependability; employ truth and accuracy in dealer advertising; strive to constantly improve business methods and ethics; and maintain fair competition to serve both dealer and customer.
  • The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935.


Paul Brian
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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Auto Show
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