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Springs on the East Rand is not typically where future leaders of the global automotive industry come from. However, Johan van Zyl, born in the town in 1958, rose through the ranks to become the CEO of Toyota SA, then president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels and in 2020 he added Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) to his CV.

It’s an impressive career and one which isn’t coming to an end as Van Zyl retires from his international positions and returns to life in SA where he will continue as chairman of Toyota SA, which he has been a key part of since 1993...

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