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Toyota Australia has announced that John Conomos AO will step down from his position of Chairman Emeritus and Principal Policy Advisor on 30 June this year.

Mr Conomos has spent more than 40 years in the automotive industry. He joined Toyota in 1981 and has been deeply involved in the growth and development of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited.

Today, Toyota Australia is the country's leading automotive company with annual domestic sales in excess of 230,000 vehicles.

The company also manufactures 150,000 Camry and Aurion vehicles at its Altona plant and last year exported almost 100,000 vehicles to more than 20 countries.

This week it announced the production of a hybrid Camry vehicle from the beginning of 2010.

In 2006 he retired as Executive Chairman of Toyota Australia and Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, positions he held since 2004, to take on his current role.

Mr Conomos will also retire from the Board of Directors of Sydney City Toyota, Toyota Financial Services and the Board of Toyota New Zealand, but will continue in the role of Chairman of Hino Motor Sales Australia Ltd.

"It has been a privilege to work in what I consider the most exciting and dynamic industry in the world," Mr Conomos said.

"I have been extremely fortunate to meet and work side-by-side with some truly remarkable people both in Australia and across the world."

President of Toyota Australia Mr Max Yasuda said that Mr Conomos had been an inspirational industry leader.

"John's retirement from Toyota marks the end of an amazing era for the Australian industry. We appreciate his valuable expertise, support and dedication through many challenging times.

"We extend our very best wishes to him and his wife Barbara for a long and fulfilling retirement," Mr Yasuda said.

John Conomos was a member of the Business Consultative Group for APEC 2007 and in June 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.


For further information please contact:
Glenn Campbell
Manager Public Affairs
03 9647 4557
0417 381 692

Mr John Conomos AO will stand down as Chairman Emeritus and Principal Policy Advisor for Toyota Australia as of 30 June.