APART FROM a brief foray into real estate, Paris-born Thierry Dombreval has spent all of his working life in the automotive industry. His career began with Ford in 1973 and he has also worked at Renault, most recently as senior vice president for strategy and marketing. Dombreval joined Toyota in January 2002 to help drive the Japanese carmaker's effort to gain a bigger market share in Europe.
A keen fan of motorsport, Dombreval has raced an Escort RS and a Formula Ford. He is a qualified glider pilot, a keen sailor and a part-time farmer with a passion for trees.
Name: Thierry Dombreval.
Title: Senior vice president, sales and marketing, Toyota Motor Marketing Europe.
Languages: French, English, Italian, rusty German.