Didier Leroy, Chairman Toyota Motor Europe
Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) - Member of the Board of Directors, TMC - President, Business Planning & Operation, TMC - Chief Competitive Officer, TMC
Mr Leroy qualified as an engineer from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Technologies de l’Ingenieur of Nancy in 1981. In 1993 he completed the Management Program at CEDEP/INSEAD.
Mr Leroy began his career in the automotive industry in 1982 with Renault, where he held a number of senior positions at their production plants over a 16-year term. In 1996, Mr Leroy was given responsibility for production of the Le Mans plant, becoming the youngest Deputy Plant Director of the Renault Group at that time.
Mr Leroy joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in September 1998 as Vice-President in charge of Manufacturing. In this role, Mr Leroy took an active part in setting up the company and constructing the plant, which began operations in January 2001. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Vice-President, and was responsible for overseeing the change in TMMF’s operations from two to three manufacturing shifts, further boosting production capacity.
In January 2005, Mr Leroy was appointed President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing France – marking only the second time that a President of one of Toyota’s European plants was also a citizen of the plant’s host country.
In addition to his role as President of TMMF, Mr Leroy was appointed a Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation and an Executive Vice-President of Toyota Motor Europe (TME) in June 2007. In his role as Executive Vice-President of TME, Mr Leroy was focused on improving the operational efficiency of TME’s European manufacturing plants to support Toyota’s continued growth in Europe.
In July 2009, Didier Leroy was assigned to the new responsibility of Executive Vice-President of the Sales Functions of TME. In this role, Mr Leroy was focusing on Sales, Marketing and After Sales for the 56 countries covered by Toyota's European operations.
In April 2010, Didier Leroy was appointed Chief Quality Officer, serving as Europe's representative in the newly established Special Committee for Global Quality, chaired by TMC President Toyoda.
In July 2010, he was appointed President of Toyota Motor Europe, also retaining his responsibilities of TMC Managing Officer and Chief Quality Officer.
In April 2011, Mr. Leroy became President and CEO of TME and Chief Regional Officer of TMC for Europe. In addition to his TME responsibilities in R&D, manufacturing, sales & marketing and after-sales, he coordinates the strategy of TMC operations in greater Europe, including Toyota's design studio in Sophia Antipolis, France (ED2), Toyota Motorsport GmbH (based in Cologne, Germany), and Toyota's financial services units.
Mr. Leroy was promoted to Senior Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, effective as of April 1, 2012.
In April 2015, Mr Leroy was appointed President of Toyota No. 1, which covers R&D, manufacturing and sales for the North American and European regions; the Japan Sales Business Group; and the Product Planning, Design and Motorsports functions related to the Toyota No.1 regional scope. He was also appointed Chairman of Toyota Motor Europe.
In June 2015, he has become the first non-Japanese Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation and a member of the board of directors of the company.
In April 2016, he was made Chief Competitive Officer of TMC, tasked with boosting the global competitiveness of Toyota.
In April 2017, Mr. Leroy was appointed president of Business Planning & Operation at TMC, in addition to his current responsibilities.
Born in December 1957, Mr Leroy enjoys playing soccer, test driving cars, jogging, skiing, and river canyoning with his family. He is married with a son and daughter.