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[John Conomos's village of origin on Kythera is Potamos.]

Toyota Australia chief set to join big boys

By Ian Porter
Melbourne AGE
April 13, 2004

Toyota Australia is poised to join the top echelon of the giant Toyota group with the proposed naming of John Conomos as a managing officer, reporting directly to the board.

Mr Conomos has been slated for election to become one of 44 managing officers at Toyota's June annual meeting in Japan. If elected, he will be only the fifth non-Japanese to hold such a senior post.

His nomination has come after a successful period in which Toyota Australia has been market leader seven times in the past 11 years.

An insider said it also recognised the success of the Altona production plant, which now turns out the Camry model to exacting Toyota standards and exports the bulk of its 100,000-plus output.

......Although Toyota Australia has often been market leader in Australia thanks to the sales of high-priced all-wheel-drive models, it has a [modest] earnings record despite an annual revenue that now exceeds $5 billion a year.

The company is expected to report a relatively strong result for the year to March 31.

The honour to be bestowed on Mr Conomos reflects the increasing visibility of Australia which, more than 40 years ago, was the first country outside Japan to build Toyotas.

Toyota Motor Corporation.
Managing Officers. Japan.


New Managing Officers (13 people)
—Pending approval at a board of directors meeting following this year’s regularly scheduled general shareholders’ meeting in June
Name Current title/assignment (at TMC, unless noted)
Wahei Hirai Seconded to Toyota Europe Design Development S.A.R.L. (ED2)
Tatehito Ueda General Manager, Power Train Management Engineering Div.
Takashi Shigematsu General Manager, Integrated System Engineering Div.
Yuzo Ushiyama General Manager, Overseas Planning Div.
Yoshikatsu Tanaka General Manager, Administration Div., Kinuura Plant
Nobuyoshi Hisada General Manager, Production Engineering Planning Div.
Yasumori Ihara General Manager, Business Development Div.
Mitsuhisa Kato Executive Chief Engineer, TOYOTA Development Center 1
Takahiko Ijichi General Manager, Accounting Div.
Toshio Furutani Seconded to FAW Toyota Motor Sales Co., Ltd. (FTMS)
Tetsuo Agata General Manager, Production Control Div.
John Harry Conomos Executive Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd.
Panagiotis (Takis) J. Athanasopoulos Executive Vice President and COO, Toyota Motor Marketing Europe

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division.

On the 13th June 2005, in delivering
The Governor-General was pleased to announce the following appointment and award:

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division

Mr John Harry CONOMOS
C/- Toyota Motor Corporation Australia,
Corner Gannons Road and Captain Cook Drive,
Caringbah NSW 2229
For service to the Australian automotive industry through contributions to policy formulation, economic reform initiatives
and the development of environmental and safety standards.

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