Matthew Callachor cruises into CEO role at Toyota Australia

Marketing man rides to the top of the leadership podium in Australia

Longtime marketing expert and 36-year veteran of Toyota Australia, Matthew Callachor, has clinched the president and CEO role of the car company's Australian operations.

Callachor began his career at Toyota Australia as a marketing analyst in 1982 after completing a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in marketing, according to the company. His career advanced rapidly to include regional sales manager in Queensland and general manager roles for national sales and then national marketing.

More recently, Callachor was vice-president during an 18-month tenure, responsible for the sales, marketing, product planning, corporate services and finance divisions, but has also developed extensive knowledge and experience both locally as well as in the US and Japan.

“My commitment to the Toyota family is that we will continue to deliver industry-leading vehicles and services and work even harder to ensure our owners receive amazing ‘Oh what a feeling!’ moments,” Callachor said in a statement.

"It is also exciting to be in this leadership position with a global company that is investing more than $1 million an hour in research and development of new vehicles including those with self-driving technology and alternatives power sources such as hybrid, electric and fuel-cell vehicles.”

During his career, Callachor became the first Australian executive to oversee a Lexus division in Japan when he was named general manager of global Lexus planning, a position he held for three years from 2014, according to the company.

At Lexus, he played a leading role in developing the medium to long-term strategy for Lexus, including last year's launch of the "Experience Amazing" brand tagline.

Earlier, he spent two years with Toyota Motor Sales USA, where he gained valuable insights working in sales and marketing for the Toyota group's largest market.

On his return to Australia from the US in 2002, Callachor led a breakthrough project that resulted in the creation of the company's first customer-service division and his appointment as its divisional manager, the company added.

In 2005, he moved into the senior national marketing role and a year later - following the amalgamation of the sales and marketing divisions - was appointed as head of the combined units. In 2010, he was offered a directorship and the position of executive director sales and marketing.

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+:google.com/+CmoAu

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Latest Videos

Conversations over a cuppa with CMO: Microsoft's Pip Arthur

​In this latest episode of our conversations over a cuppa with CMO, we catch up with the delightful Pip Arthur, Microsoft Australia's chief marketing officer and communications director, to talk about thinking differently, delivering on B2B connection in the crisis, brand purpose and marketing transformation.

More Videos

Great content and well explained. Everything you need to know about Digital Design, this article has got you covered. You may also check ...

Ryota Miyagi

Why the art of human-centred design has become a vital CX tool

Read more

Interested in virtual events? If you are looking for an amazing virtual booth, this is definitely worth checking https://virtualbooth.ad...

Cecille Pabon

Report: Covid effect sees digital events on the rise long-term

Read more

Thank you so much for sharing such an informative article. It’s really impressive.Click Here & Create Status and share with family

Sanwataram

Predictions: 14 digital marketing predictions for 2021

Read more

Nice!https://www.live-radio-onli...

OmiljeniRadio RadioStanice Uzi

Google+ and Blogger cozy up with new comment system

Read more

Awesome and well written article. The examples and elements are good and valuable for all brand identity designs. Speaking of awesome, ch...

Ryota Miyagi

Why customer trust is more vital to brand survival than it's ever been

Read more

Blog Posts

A Brand for social justice

In 2020, brands did something they’d never done before: They spoke up about race.

Dipanjan Chatterjee and Xiaofeng Wang

VP and principal analyst and senior analyst, Forrester

Determining our Humanity

‘Business as unusual’ is a term my organisation has adopted to describe the professional aftermath of COVID-19 and the rest of the tragic events this year. Social distancing, perspex screens at counters and masks in all manner of situations have introduced us to a world we were never familiar with. But, as we keep being reminded, this is the new normal. This is the world we created. Yet we also have the opportunity to create something else.

Katja Forbes

Managing director of Designit, Australia and New Zealand

Should your business go back to the future?

In times of uncertainty, people gravitate towards the familiar. How can businesses capitalise on this to overcome the recessionary conditions brought on by COVID? Craig Flanders explains.

Craig Flanders

CEO, Spinach

Sign in