UMW Toyota Gets New Chairman And President

UMW Toyota Gets New Chairman And President

L-R: Mr. Hitoshi Kitagawa, Managing Director Toyota Tsusho (M) Sdn. Bhd.; Mr. Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor; Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor; Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah bin Che Othman, Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor; Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin; Datuk Ismet Suki; Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Group Chairman of Permodalan Nasional Berhad; Mr. Hiroyuki Fukui, Managing Officer Toyota Motor Corporation

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. (UMWT) has announced its new Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah bin Che Othman and new President, Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy.

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah Chairman UMW ToyotaTan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah has 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.

Ravindran Kurusamy, President UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd - CopyMeanwhile, Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy has been with UMWT for 26 years and has served in various divisions in the company where he acquired a wide range of experience. Over the years, he has also built a close rapport with UMW’s joint venture partner, Toyota Motor Corporation. UMW Toyota Motor is a joint-venture company between UMW Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation. It was established in 1982 and is the assembler and distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia.

“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 the 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 nationwide 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.”

The introduction of the new office bearers was done at an event also attended by Mr. Hiroyuki Fukui, Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, En. Badrul Feisal Bin Abdul Rahim, President & Group CEO of 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.


  1. Toyota is playing different games for developed countries and third world countries as they are giving different spec for these 2 groups of contries. Fo the similar vehicle, their specifications are top notch for developed countries, especially in Japan; but purchasers in third world countires are always getting vehicles with so called tested and provent older technologies.

    Changing of top management would not be able to bring UMW Toyota out of slump as they have no say to the major specifications of vehicles rolled up in Malaysia. Toyota is loosing their royal customers in third world countries, it is in urgent need to change their mindset towards third world countries by introducing vehicles with the same spec worldwide.

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