Apr 30, 2015

Centrair set to welcome new president

Masanao Tomozoe

The Central Japan International Airport Co. (Centrair) announced on April 28 that Masanao Tomozoe, CEO of Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing Corp., is scheduled to assume the role of its new president. Tomozoe's appointment will become official after obtaining the necessary approval from the 17th annual shareholders' meeting and board of directors' meeting, and the permission of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Hiroshi Kawakami, current president of the company, will take on the role of corporate adviser. With this, Tomozoe will become the fourth president of Centrair in a row to have come from Toyota Motor Corp., starting from Centrair's first president.

Kawakami, who served as the vice-president of Toyota Tsusho Corp., assumed the presidency at Centrair in June 2009. He led the company through the Lehman shock in September 2008, the global epidemic on the new strain of influenza in 2009, the corporate rehabilitation problem of Japan Airlines Corp. in 2010 and the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and amid the major changes brought about by the emergence of low cost carriers (LCC) in the market. He proactively moved to capture the demand for international cargoes through such means as promoting the "Fly Centrair Cargo" in the cargo segment, as well as establishing the "Dreamlifter Operations Center," a storage warehouse for airframe/fuselage structural parts, following the increased production rate of Boeing 787 aircrafts.

Masanao Tomozoe began to work at Toyota Motor Sales (company name changed to Toyota Motor Corp. in July 1982) in April 1977, transferred to Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. in January 2001, became the managing director of Toyota Motor Corp. in June 2005, appointed as managing director-cum-senior vice-president of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. in May 2011, and then moved to his current position in June 2012. He was born on March 25, 1954 in Fukuoka Pref. He graduated from the School of Law, Waseda University.

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