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Business Leaders Lecture with Marvin Cooke

Once in a century transformation whilst managing disruption

Marvin Cooke
In conversation | Public lectures | Seminars

The automotive industry is going through a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation. In response, Toyota has declared a shift toward a 'Mobility Company' with the aim of contributing to the improvement of society through its cars and services. But with a host of factors threating disruption, how is the automobile giant approaching this goal?

  • From: Tuesday 11 October 2022, 5.30 pm
  • To: Tuesday 11 October 2022, 7 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Monday 10 October 2022, 12.00 pm
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Join us at our first Business Leaders Lecture of the academic year as we welcome Marvin Cooke, Executive Vice President for Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Europe. Founded in 1937, Toyota is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, producing around 10 million vehicles per year. More recently, the business declared its intention to become a 'Mobility Company’ with a mission to deliver ever better, sustainable mobility for all and contribute to a brighter future. Rather than only sell cars, Toyota is changing its business model to provide various services in which vehicles are incorporated into a system and focus more broadly and openly on contributing to the improvement of society. Marvin will explore answers to questions including:

How is Toyota approaching this level of change?

What are the key enablers to prepare manufacturing?

What role will digital transformation play?

How will the automotive industry become carbon neutral?

Our Business Leaders Lectures are free to attend and open to students, alumni, colleagues and professionals. Places are limited. Please register in advance to confirm your place.


5.30 pm – 5.45 pm: arrival and registration

5.45 pm – 6.30 pm: Marvin Cooke lecture, with introduction by Professor Baback Yazdani, Executive Dean of Nottingham Business School and Sharon Huttly, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Development and Performance

6.30pm – 7 pm: post-lecture drinks and canapes

About Marvin

Marvin oversees all Toyota’s European Manufacturing Companies, Logistics, Toyota Production System and Production Control functions. He joined Toyota Manufacturing UK as a Manufacturing Engineer in 1991 and held numerous management posts within all vehicle manufacturing areas progressing to Director of Production Operations in 2008. Marvin spent a year as Director of Production Engineering at Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels during 2011 and returned to Toyota Manufacturing UK as Deputy Managing Director of Vehicle Manufacturing in January 2012. Marvin went on to spend 2 and a half years as Production Vice President at Toyota, Peugeot, Citroen Automobile in Czech Republic and returned to Toyota Manufacturing UK in 2017 as Managing Director. As of 2021, Marvin was promoted to his current position as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing.

Marvin is NTU alumni having graduated with an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Nottingham Business School Students

This event can count towards your CPD hours, if applicable to your Personal Development Goals. Attendance at the event will be monitored and the event organisers will provide confirmation of your attendance to the lecture and networking, as evidence for your portfolio. The booking confirmation email alone will not count as attending the event. Guest speaker slides will not typically be made available, therefore you are encouraged to take notes and reflections throughout the lecture to use within your portfolio.

Location details


Lecture Theatre 4, Newton Building


Goldsmith Street

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