Kuala Lumpur, 28 February – In a corporate function held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. (UMWT) treated its local guests as well as from Japan and Asia Pacific Region to usher in its new Chairman and new President.

At the function, Mr. Akio Takeyama, the Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor introduces Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah bin Che Othman as its new Chairman and Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy as the company’s new President.

The new Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the field of unit trust management, investment management and corporate finance. He has been with the Permodalan Nasional Berhad a leading and respected investment institution in the country and has served as the group President and CEO for many years.

The new President, Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy has been with UMWT for past 26 years and has served in various divisions in the company where he acquired wide ranging experience. Over the years, he has also built a close rapport with UMW’s joint venture partner, Toyota Motor Corporation.

“Both Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah and Mr. Ravindran have vast experience in the industry and I am confident that they will bring to our management team new ideas and new approaches which will benefit the company and take it to greater heights,” said Mr. Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman UMWT .

He also spoke about the outgoing Chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin and his contribution. “His vast experience dealing with industries, especially the auto industry, while at MITI was beneficial to our company. With his guidance, we have been able to interact with the government in a more effective way, especially when it concerned policies and other activities which we wished to undertake.”  Tan Sri Asmat helmed UMW Group and UMWT since 2001 after retiring from Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Mr. Akio Takeyama also spoke about Datuk Ismet Suki, who he said was instrumental in introducing enhancement of facilities at Toyota outlets around the country in order to move customer service to a higher level. “This exercise was undertaken efficiently and systematically as Datuk Ismet has a good sense of planning and provided good ideas which inspired those involved in the work.”

Also present at the cocktail event were Mr. Hiroyuki Fukui, Managing Officer Toyota Motor Corporation, En. Badrul Feisal Bin Abdul Rahim, President & Group CEO, UMW Holdings Bhd and guests from Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, Toyota affiliates from the Asia Pacific Region, senior government officials, representative from the Embassy of Japan, top management from the media and business partners.

UMW Toyota Motor is a joint-venture company established since 1982 by UMW Corporation with Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation. The company has been the assembler and distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia. It has an extensive network of almost 100 sales and after sales outlets including its authorized dealers, throughout the nation. The company regularly upgrades its retail outlets to cater for the growing number of discerning customers demanding high level of service.

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