The Grey Foundation Memorial Lecture

May 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
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After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Cape Town in 1988, Andrew joined Anglo America to pursue engineering in the Gold Mining Industry. After gaining his Professional Engineer qualification, he joined BMW South Africa in the Motor Industry in the Service Division. He gained experience in service, parts and retail operations along with valuable insight into the challenges and value of re-engineering and change management projects.

Andrew was afforded the opportunity to study an executive PMD course at Harvard Business School and then moved to the USA, working for BMW North America for three years. He returned with his family to South Africa in 2000 and headed up the sectors of product Planning, Parts Operations and Brand Management.

In 2005 Kirby joined Toyota South Africa Motors as Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, managing the Toyota, Lexus and Hino brands. At the beginning of 2011, he moved to Japan to take on global responsibilities for managing and leading the Lexus brand (Offices in Nagoya, Toyota City and Tokyo). He lived in Nagoya with his family and returned to South Africa in July 2013.

On his return from Japan, he took over responsibilities for the Corporate Administration team with offices in Sandton, Johannesburg and Prospecton in Durban, where the Toyota manufacturing facility is based. During this period, he was responsible for Finance, IT, HR, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Planning.

In January 2016, Andrew was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, assuming responsibilities for all operations and then in April 2016 appointed as President and CEO. In 2022 Andrew was named 2022 Business Leader of the Year at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards. Andrew was recognised for the stewardship role he played in resuscitating the Toyota Prospecton Plant in Durban after it was severely damaged by floods in April.

Andrew is the Chairman of the Toyota South Africa Board (TSA) and Toyota South Africa Motors Board (TSAM). Andrew also serves as a Director on the Toyota Financial Services South Africa Board (TFS) and KINTO South Africa Board. He also served as the President of naamsa* in 2018 – 2019 and in 2020. He is also serving as the Vice President of the AAAM*.

·naamsa: National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, The Automotive Business Council
·AAAM: African Association of Automotive Manufacturers


May 10
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Grey Junior Hall
College Drive, Mill Park
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 6070 South Africa