Ritsuo Shingo graduated from Waseda University, considered one of Japan’s “Ivy League” schools, with a degree in
law in 1970, and joined Toyota Motors right after graduation. After more than ten years working in various positions
at Toyota in Japan, Mr. Shingo was transferred to Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he worked as a purchasing manager
for a few years. Mr. Shingo was then asked to help with the startup of the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA.
After a few years in Kentucky, Mr. Shingo helped with the startup of the Toyota plant in the United Kingdom. Mr. Shingo
joined the China office in Japan where he worked on setting up potential ventures in China. Mr. Shingo’s experience
in China started when he was appointed president of Toyota’s joint venture operation in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in
early 1990. Mr. Shingo ran the joint venture company for three years before moving to Beijing to join Toyota’s China
office. After a little over two years working in that office, Mr. Shingo was appointed president of Hino Motors in China,
including the joint venture production facility in Guangzhou, China.
Mr. Shingo’s final assignment in China was president of the Toyota Research and Service Center, also located in
Guangzhou. He is currently leading the Institute of Management Improvement founded by his father, TPS pioneer
Dr Shigeo Shingo.