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JETRO and CIBER present: Japan - One Year After

Co-Sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Houston

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, two distinguished speakers discussed the recovery from Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami. 

The Honorable J. Thomas Schieffer
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Ray Tanguay
Senior Managing Officer for Toyota Motor Corporation, Senior Vice-President for Toyota Motor North America, Inc., and  Chairman of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.

For a summary of the presentation please go to our McCombs Today website.

JETRO, the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world.  Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small- to medium-sized Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.  

SchiefferJ. Thomas Schieffer was sworn in on April 1, 2005 as the 27th United States Ambassador to Japan.  He served until January 20, 2009.  During his tenure, Schieffer was heavily involved in the negotiations that resulted in the Force Transformation Agreement between the US and Japan.  At the time the agreement was hailed as the most far-reaching revision of the US Japan alliance since the US Japan Security Agreement was signed in 1960.  Schieffer was also heavily involved in negotiations surrounding the Six Party Talks, which dealt with the issues raised by North Korea’s attempts to acquire nuclear weapons.

Prior to serving in Japan, Schieffer was the United States Ambassador to Australia from 2001 to 2005.  There he worked to coordinate the US-Australian response to the War on Terror and joint operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.  While in Australia, Schieffer was actively engaged in the negotiations that led to the creation of the US-Australian Free Trade Agreement.

In both Japan and Australia, Schieffer worked to deepen the intelligence ties between the United States and those countries.  At the conclusion of his service, medals were bestowed upon him by the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.  Australia awarded him the Order of Australia, the highest honor that can be granted a foreigner.

Prior to beginning his diplomatic service, Schieffer was a partner and President of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Club and the building of The Ballpark in Arlington.  Prior to that, Schieffer practiced law in Fort Worth.  After being elected to the Texas House of Representatives at age 25 he served there from 1973 to 1979.

This past year, Schieffer was the Commissioner of Baseball’s representative to the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.  Currently, Schieffer practices law in Fort Worth.  He and his wife Susanne have been married for 32 years and have one son, Paul, who is involved in the music industry in Los Angeles.

Ambassador Schieffer will speak on the Strategic Implications of the US-Japan Alliance in a Changing World.

Ray Tanguay photo Réal "Ray" Tanguay holds the following positions: senior managing officer at Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), senior vice president at Toyota Motor North America (TMA), and chairman of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC). During his 20 years at TMMC, Mr. Tanguay has been a leading force in instilling innovation within the company through his introduction of such programs as Intelligent Process Management (IPM). Under his stewardship, TMMC became the first and only plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles and has won numerous J.D. Power plant quality awards, while also being recognized for innovation by the Smithsonian Institute, among other accolades. An admirer of the Lexus slogan, "Passionate Pursuit of Perfection," Mr. Tanguay believes in people aiming to do and be the best they can in their own, respective fields.

In 1972, Ray Tanguay graduated from St. Clair College in electrical engineering technology, and in 1983, from Wilfrid Laurier University in business management. A former vice president of Philips Electronics Ltd., he joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), in 1991, as a general manager in charge of General Affairs, Information Systems and Environmental Affairs. He became vice president in 1993, senior vice president in 2000 and president in 2002. In June 2005, he was made a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, and in April of 2011, he was promoted to senior managing officer of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

Looking to the future, he wants to contribute to the further globalization of Toyota, and achieve self-reliance in North America, by creating a clear vision supported by a strategic framework that incorporates human resource development and reliable business partnerships. Fluent in both English and French, Mr. Tanguay was born in Ontario, Canada, and lives there with his wife, Marge. They have one son, one daughter and two grandchildren. 

The title of Mr. Tanuay's talk is "Toyota: Positioned for Resurgence."

Additional responsibilities:       
Creation of new Vision for the Global Toyota in 2011
Chief Risk Officer for Toyota in North America
Chair, Competitiveness Taskforce, Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC)