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Making the transition from IT corporate manager to CIO: Ellis Brover

Hamish Barwick | May 8, 2014
Toyota Australia CIO Ellis Brover says proven skills in people management, combined with an IT background, are essential for entering the C-Suite

Toyota Australia post 2017

In February 2014, it was reported that Toyota will cease Australian production of vehicles in 2017 due to the lower costs of manufacturing in Japan and China.

Brover acknowledged that the company will be embarking on a "huge transformation" and will be "quite a different company" after 2017.

"We are currently working through a planning process to understand the implications for each area of the company, so it is too early to speculate on exactly what impact there will be to IT," he said.

"Nevertheless, I can say that IT has always focussed a significant portion of our resources on helping the sales and distribution functions of the company, which will of course continue after 2017."

Brover said that technology is becoming "more critical" as a differentiator to help the company get closer to car buyers through digital marketing or support Toyota dealers to be more efficient. "I expect that IT will continue to be critical to Toyota's success in Australia. The key for us will be to ensure that our activities are aligned with the overall business priorities, and that we are able to respond with the agility that the business requires."


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