Shigeru Hayakawa has spent a good deal of time in various departments of the Toyota Motor Company. He has had stints with the International Communications Department, the Public Affairs group, and the External Affairs group.
Between 2007 and 2012, Hayakawa served as President of the Toyota Motors North America. Today he handles the overall external affairs of the company which includes government and industrial matters, and public affairs as well.
The 61-year old joined Toyota in 1977 on completion of his graduation in economics from Tokyo University.