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Personnel changes at Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. and reorganizational shifts continue following the company’s acknowledgement of falsified data for faulty earthquake shock absorbers that were installed in 154 buildings.

The company previously had announced both its chairman and president would resign. Other executives resigned or were demoted, and some were ordered to pay back portions of their salaries earned in the last year. Toyo still anticipates another emergency shareholders meeting to be held sometime before the end of the year, and the company is appointing a chairman or special advisor from outside the company.

For its tire business, Takashi Shimizu is taking over as general manager of the North America Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters from Toyo President Takuji Yamamoto. Yamamoto remains president until the forthcoming shareholders meeting.

Here’s the latest lengthy roundup of appointments from Toyo. The company also has established a Seismic Isolation Rubber Division in light of the problems with the shock absorbers, and created a compliance officer system. All of the changes below are effective July 1, 2015.

Name New position Former position Continuing position
Takuji Yamamoto General Manager, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division General Manager, North America Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters President Representative Director Group Executive Officer, Tire Business Chief Risk Management Officer Chief Compliance Management Officer
Sadao Ichihara Deputy General Manager, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division In charge of dealing with customers and repairing work                                   Director Senior Corporate Officer Group Executive Officer, DT Business General Manager, Chemical & Industrial Products Business Unit
Tetsuya Kuze Senior Corporate Officer Deputy General Manager, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division In charge of dealing with control departments Representative Director Executive Corporate Officer Overseeing CSR Center General Manager, Administrative Division General Manager, Corporate Planning Division Overseeing Corporate Purchasing Division
Koichi Ono Senior Corporate Officer General Manager, Central Research Center Corporate Officer General Manager, Tire R&D Division, Tire Business Group Headquarters
Tomoshige Mizutani Senior Corporate Officer Corporate Officer General Manager, Nitto Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters President, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. President, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.
Takashi Shimizu Senior Corporate Officer General Manager, North America Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters Compliance Officer, Tire Business Group Headquarters Corporate Officer General Manager, Tire Planning Division, Tire Business Group Headquarters Deputy General Manager, Administrative Division
Yasushi Takagi Senior Corporate Officer Chief Compliance Officer Corporate Officer General Manager, Original Equipment Sales Division, Tire Business Group Headquarters General Manager, O.E. Sales Planning and Administrative Dept., Tire Business Group Headquarters
Michihiro Kawada General Manager, Recall Division, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division   Corporate Officer, General Manager, Rubber Autoparts Business Unit, DT Business Group Headquarters General Manager, Rubber Autoparts Production Dept.
Tetsuo Tatara General manager, Fundamental Technology Center   Corporate Officer, General manager, Production Engineering Center
Yoshikazu Nishiwaki Compliance Officer, control departments   Corporate Officer General Manager, Corporate Purchasing Division
Masaji Ishino Deputy Group Executive Officer, DT Business Compliance Officer, DT Business Group Headquarters General Manager, Central Research Center Corporate Officer
Kazuyuki Ito Advisor (full-time) General Manager, Hyogo Manufacturing Complex Plant General Manager, Akashi Plant, Toyo Chemical Industrial Products Co., Ltd. General Manager, Technology & Production Division, Toyo Chemical Industrial Products Co., Ltd. Director Senior Corporate Officer General Manager, Technology Management Center Overseeing Tire Production Division Overseeing Central Research Center Overseeing Technology Development of DT  
Kenichi Ueda Corporate Officer, General Manager, Quality Assurance Division Of Tire Business Group Headquarters Temporary transfer to Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.  
Toshihiko Hombo Corporate Officer, General Manager, Customer Facing Division, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division Compliance Officer, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division   General Manager, Urethane Autoparts Business Unit, DT Business Group Headquarters
Masao Takiwaki Corporate Officer, General Manager, Compliance & Legal Center General Manager, CSR Center General Manager, CSR Promotion Dept.  
Kenji Murase Deputy General Manager, Recall Division, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division   General Manager, Rubber Autoparts R&D Division
Satoshi Takashina Management Dept., Customer Facing Division, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division General Manager, Business Sustainability Planning Dept.  
Minoru Matsumura Seismic Isolation Rubber Division General Manager, Purchasing Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division  
Michihiro Tamaki General Manager, Purchasing Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division General Manager, Purchasing Administration Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division  
Shinichi Murata General Manager, Purchasing Administration Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division Purchasing Administration Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division  
Yasukiyo Itoh General Manager, Standards Management Dept., Quality Assurance Division Tire Quality Assurance Dept., Technology Management Center  
Masahiro Shimoda General Manager, Compliance Promotion Dept. Compliance & Legal Center Human Resources & General Affairs Dept., Administrative Division  
Kenji Murase Deputy General Manager, Recall Division, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division   General Manager, Rubber Autoparts R&D Division
Satoshi Takashina Management Dept., Customer Facing Division, Seismic Isolation Rubber Division General Manager, Business Sustainability Planning Dept.  
Minoru Matsumura Seismic Isolation Rubber Division General Manager, Purchasing Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division  
Michihiro Tamaki General Manager, Purchasing Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division General Manager, Purchasing Administration Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division  
Shinichi Murata General Manager, Purchasing Administration Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division Purchasing Administration Dept., Corporate Purchasing Division  
Yasukiyo Itoh General Manager, Standards Management Dept., Quality Assurance Division Tire Quality Assurance Dept., Technology Management Center  
Masahiro Shimoda General Manager, Compliance Promotion Dept. Compliance & Legal Center Human Resources & General Affairs Dept., Administrative Division  
Tsugihiro Yano General Manager, DT Quality Assurance Dept., Quality Assurance Division General Manager, DT Quality Assurance Dept., Technology Management Center  
Eiji Azuma General Manager, Intellectual Property Dept., Central Research Center General Manager, Intellectual Property Dept., Technology Management Center  
Kenji Akamatsu General Manager, Environment, Safety & Health Enhancement Dept., Fundamental Technology Center General Manager, Environment, Safety & Health Enhancement Dept., Technology Management Center  
Hideo Tsunaka General Manager, Legal Dept., Compliance & Legal Center General Manager, Legal Dept., CSR Center  
Shinji Sekiguchi General Manager, Internal Audit Dept., Compliance & Legal Center General Manager, Internal Audit Dept., CSR Center  
Ikuo Amitani Compliance Officer, Japan Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters   Director General Manager, Corporate Planning Division, Toyo Tire Japan Co., Ltd.
Shogo Nakanishi Compliance Officer, North America Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters   Of Administrative Division Temporary transfer to Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.
Satoshi Taketsugu Compliance Officer, China Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters   Of Administrative Division Temporary transfer to Toyo Tire Zhangjiagang Co. Ltd.
Kanji Kasai Compliance Officer, Asia Oceania Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters Chairman, Toyo Tyre and Rubber Australia Ltd. General Manager, China Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters, General Manager, Asia Oceania Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters Chairman, Toyo Tyre Sales and Marketing Malaysia Sdn. BHD. President, Toyo Tire (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Chairman, Toyo Tire (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
Tomohisa Yamaguchi Compliance Officer, Europe Business Unit, Tire Business Group Headquarters   Of Tire Planning Division Temporary transfer to Toyo Tire Europe Gmbh
Noriyuki Isobe General Manager, Tire Quality Assurance Dept., Quality Assurance Division Compliance Officer, Quality Assurance Division General Manager, Tire Quality Assurance Dept., Technology Management Center  
Kiyotaka Sugimoto Compliance Officer, Fundamental Technology Center   General Manager, Electric System & Control Dept., Production Engineering Center
Yasunori Fujita President, Toyo Chemical Industrial Products Co., Ltd. Of DT Business Group Headquarters Temporary transfer to Toyo Chemical Industrial Products Co., Ltd. President, Toyo Rubber Chemical & Industrial Products (HK) Limited

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